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Briefly: International Traveler

Newspaper article International New York Times

Briefly: International Traveler

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TripAdvisor.com expands its green rating program

International travelers looking for a certain amount of green in their accommodations can now turn to the website TripAdvisor.com for help.

The hotel review and booking website recently expanded its program that evaluates a property's ecological and environmental friendliness to include properties in Canada, Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, in addition to those in the United States.

Intense interest from both users and hotel owners showed that rating a hotel's level of sympathy toward the environment would be welcome on the site, said Jennifer Rushmore, TripAdvisor's director of responsible travel.

Developed with the assistance of the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program, the United States Green Building Council and the United Nations Environment Program, the 50-question application covers a hotel's practices in areas like energy, waste, water, products, landscaping, irrigation and innovation.

The application is reviewed by an algorithm, and then in person by a member of the team.

If approved, the property is then awarded a bronze, silver, gold or platinum designation, depending on how many green practices it has incorporated into its operations.

Luxury hotels, from historic to modern, get an upgrade

The Luxury Collection from Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced a new round of upgrades, this time to two historic properties (the Hotel Imperial in Vienna and the Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan) and two more modern ones: Santa Marina Resort in Mykonos, Greece, and Grand Hills in Broumana, Lebanon.

The results of the initiative will be seen beginning this summer with the 75-room Santa Marina, featuring renovated guest rooms and a beachfront restaurant, and the Hotel Imperial, originally built in 1863 as a royal palace, which will introduce a new restaurant, bar and event spaces. …

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