The Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association Promotes Sustainability Practices to Hotel Members and Suppliers

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In an effort to educate hotel and allied members on sustainability practices, the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association’s (GMBHA) Sustainable Hospitality Council held a luncheon at the InterContinental Miami featuring “Sustainable Hospitality Advocate” Hervé Houdré, Regional Director and General Manager of InterContinental New York Barclay.

In an effort to educate hotel and allied members on sustainability practices, the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association’s (GMBHA) Sustainable Hospitality Council held a luncheon on June 21st at the InterContinental Miami featuring “Sustainable Hospitality Advocate” Hervé Houdré, Regional Director and General Manager of InterContinental New York Barclay.

More than 200 guests from Miami’s hospitality industry attended the event and learned the strategies and benefits of becoming eco-friendly and how commitment to the local community is the most important factor of being sustainable, according to Mr. Houdré.

Following the presentation, Nancy Loman Scanlon, Associate Professor, Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, moderated a Q & A session between Mr. Houdré, Robert Hill, General Manager, InterContinental Miami, and the audience. Miami-based and LEED certified EasyGrass®, which provides top quality artificial grass products and installation, sponsored this year’s luncheon.

Hervé Houdré was named "2006 Independent Hotelier of the World" by HOTELS magazine. He serves on the NY Hotel Association Executive Committee and Board of Directors and NYC & Company Board as well as on the Board of GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council). A leader in Sustainable Hospitality, Houdré published Sustainable Hospitality©, a white paper utilized by Cornell University’s Center for Hospitality Research.

The Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association’s Sustainable Hospitality Council was created to advance the awareness and adoption of sustainable practices by providing guidance, expertise and resources to Association members. The Council also works to increase visibility of members' sustainability practices in domestic and international markets to promote the Miami hospitality industry’s image.

About the GMBHA:
The Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association is a membership organization comprised of hoteliers and allied members across Miami Dade County. The association’s goal is to promote the interest of its members through advocacy, education and partnerships and advance Miami as the visitor’s destination of choice. The GMBHA’s calendar of events includes monthly hotelier’s breakfast series and networkers as well as luncheons featuring top leaders and educators in the hospitality industry. For the past 18 years, the GMBHA has recognized exceptional hotel employees and hotel members during its annual Inn Key Awards ceremony. For more information, visit gmbha.com.

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