First Annual Clean the World Gala to Celebrate Soap Recycling Success in Hotels

July 14  |  green meetings, meeting and event industry news  |   Andrew Maxwell

Some of the biggest names in the hospitality industry, the private sector and philanthropic endeavors are attending the “First Annual Clean the World Gala” which will take place Saturday, November 5, 2011 at The Peabody Orlando. The event will include executives from The Walt Disney World Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Marriott Vacation Club International, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, and many more.

Clean the World Foundation, a charitable organization that collects, recycles and distributes recycled hotel soaps and bottled amenities, is planning the celebration in November to draw attention to the power of soap as an aid to promoting hygiene health.



The luxury hotel, The Peabody Orlando,  was one of Clean the World’s first of more than 1,000 hotel partners to join the successful soap and bottled amenities recycling program that has helped boost sustainability and environmentally focused “green” initiatives for hotels and bed-and-breakfast properties throughout North America.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available to help raise funds for Clean the World Foundation, which has collected, recycled and distributed more than 8 million soap bars to children and families in need in the United States and more than 40 countries, including Haiti, Japan, Zimbabwe, Uganda, India, Honduras, Mexico and Albania. More information about sponsorships and details about the Gala may be found at this link.


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Walt Disney World Gives Sales Staff iPad For Use During Meeting Planner Site Visits

July 4  |  meeting and event industry news  |   Andrew Maxwell

 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort | WTTC Weblog

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando is giving its sales staff the Apple’s iPad for use during meeting planner site visits.

Meeting planners now will be able to tour the property with a sales team member equipped with an iPad. While on the tour, planners will be able to view diagrams and dimensions of meeting space, photos and menus of the restaurants, a map of the property, lists of amenities at the Swan and Dolphin Orlando hotels and much more from any location on property.

Meeting planners on site visits who present a request for a proposal (RFP) for 500 room nights or more will be offered complimentary use of the iPad for the duration of their stay. Those who contract the meeting will get to keep their iPad and will receive another for every additional 500 room nights booked.

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Orlando: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

June 8  |  meeting and event industry news  |   Andrew Maxwell

Orlando, Disney Art of Animation Resort | WTTC

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts has announced plans to add Disney’s Art of Animation Resort to Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The new resort will include 1,120 family suites, each complete with a living room and a bedroom, along with an additional 864 regular guest rooms. All rooms will be designed with the themes of the Disney and Pixar films The Lion King, Finding Nemo, Cars, and The Little Mermaid. The property’s exteriors will also be themed and animated films will play in the courtyard areas.

The Art of Animation Resort is set to be completed by the end of 2012.

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WTTC Destination: Orlando

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November 18  |  wttc our cities  |   Andrew Maxwell

Downtown Orlando, Florida

Orlando is the latest destination to be added to the WTTC.com network of key convention cities. With an growing inventory of quality hotel rooms, meeting spaces, restaurants and entertainment options, as well as world-class golf courses and spas, Orlando is one of North America’s ultimate business destinations.

Orlando is also a designated green destination. The Orange County Convention Center is the first U.S. facility of its kind to be ISO 14001-certified for its recycling program, and the center is currently developing a solar energy project. Many of the area’s convention hotels and resorts have also been admitted to the Florida Green Lodging Program by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.