| Green Travel News | Health-conscious travelers now make up more than 40 percent of the U.S. travel marketplace and that number is trending upward—fast. Already a $439 billion market, the wellness travel industry is expected to grow another 50 percent through 2017, according to the Global Wellness Tourism Congress. Meanwhile, hotels and resorts are […]
The winners span the gamut from budget to ultra-luxury, but all have “Platinum” ranking and great traveler reviews
Starwood is launching a new luxury “lifestyle eco-brand” called 1 Hotels & Residences, with three openings scheduled in the next 24 months. The new brand is conceived as the first ground-up, luxury eco-design and living hotel concept
Stay green and be cool in Miami at the brand-new Element Miami International Airport. This is the 10th Element in the U.S. to be built green from the ground up as part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts hip “eco-wise” brand that mandates U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
With more than 50 million visitors each year, Orlando is one of the world’s most popular vacation and business travel destinations. Green Destination Orlando wants to make Orlando the “leading green destination in the world” by creating a completely sustainable loop that never breaks from the moment visitors step off the plane, including local transportation, where they stay, what they do (be it a conference or family vacation) and back again to the airport.
| Green Travel News | Though there seems to be progress in stopping the leak in the Gulf, misperceptions about oil on beaches may take far longer for the travel industry to fix. Travelocity conducted a poll of more than 2 thousand Americans and found that travelers believe the oil has spread far beyond its actual reach. For example, 1 […]
| Green travel spotlight | We see Sean in Haiti, Brad in New Orleans. It’s gotten Hollywood trendy to lend a helping hand. Thumbs up to that, we say. Maybe that’s why Voluntourism, mixing volunteer service with your travel, is booming. But sacrificing creature comforts and limited leisure time is not for everyone. Why not […]
| Sleeping, Eating, Doing | In this fragile ecosystem, going green is not just nice—it’s necessary. Here are our top picks for an unforgettable green visit to the Florida Keys. 1. Among the many shades of green when it comes to lodging choices, we especially adore Key West‘s best escape-from-it-all inn, the Gardens Hotel. Sleeping. 2. In […]
| Greening in Conch-a-ritaville | It had been a while. Been years, in fact, since last we ventured as far south as you can go in these United States. To the the capital of the Conch Republic, Key West. And it is with no small measure of relief and pleasure that we can report the […]
| We Dive In | Who doesn’t love the Florida Keys? Sure, and that’s the problem. This chain of some 1,700 islands is so appealing in so many ways that, if we’re not careful, we might just lose the very things that lure us to the most accessible tropical paradise of the Caribbean Basin. Consider: […]