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November 17, 2016

Roundup: Rosewood Moves Into Hong Kong, A Green Hotel in Virginia

Luxury hotels and sustainable venues are the top headlines to watch today in the meetings and events industry. 

rosewood hong kongRosewood Hong Kong to Open in 2018

The Rosewood Hong Kong will open in 2018 on the Victoria Harbour waterfront at site of the former New World Centre on Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui

Marking the first Hong Kong property for the luxury brand, the hotel will occupy 27 floors of multi-use tower, with 398 rooms and eight dining options. Other amenities will include a fitness center, swimming pool and Rosewood's holistic wellness concept, as well as the Manor Club executive lounge. 

The Pavilion, the hotel’s signature residential-style meeting and event spaces, will be available for private events. 

Visit rosewoodhotels.com

The Westin Reston Heights Wins 2016 Green Travel Leader Award

In sustainable venue news, The Westin Reston Heights in Reston, VA, took home the 2016 Green Travel Leader Award recently from the Commonwealth of Virginia's travel arm, the Virginia Tourism Corporation

The hotel, which is located just outside of Washington, DC, has had a green program in place since its opening in 2008. Its Green Events Package offers planners environmentally friendly packages for meetings, including offering all signatures and correspondence via email to reduce paper waste. It also participates in the Starwood Sustainable Meetings Program, which offers all meeting guests paperless meeting planning, electronic proposals, receipts, menus and booking options. Clutter free set ups and recycled paper products are used in meeting rooms. Food is sourced locally and ethical and sustainable choices are made whenever applicable, the hotel said. The hotel's restaurant, Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro, uses locally sourced food, a chef’s garden for fresh vegetables and herbs with minimal pesticides and herbicide. The Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro also uses energy star rated computers, and appliances, compact fluorescent light bulbs, LED exit signs, thermal rated windows and insulation, green cleaners, bulk soap and electronic menus when planning special events.

As part of the Starwood 30/20/20 Sustainability Program, the hotel's goal is to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent and water consumption by 20 percent by the year 2020. It has a Recycling and Waste Reduction Program to recylce and reuse materials wherever possible throughout the hotel, as well as a Water Conservation Program that has seen the installation of high efficiency dryers, low flush toilets and automatic faucets and toilets in public restrooms. Additionally, compact fluorescent light bulbs, LED exit signs, high efficiency HVAC systems, individual thermostats for each room/area, Energy Star rated computers, copiers and appliances, light sensors and thermal rated windows and insulation all work to conserve energy. 

Visit www.westinreston.com

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