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Hilton Pledges to Serve More Planet-Saving “Cool Food”

Leading hospitality company commits to lower climate impacts of food it serves


WASHINGTON (June 6, 2019) – Hilton has become the world’s first hotel group to commit to serving more climate-friendly foods to help reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions. The company joins the likes of We Work and top hospitals in signing on to the Cool Food Pledge, which helps dining facilities – such as hotels, hospitals and company cafeterias – track the climate impact of the food they serve, develop plans to sell dishes with smaller climate footprints, and promote their achievements as leaders in a growing movement. The aim is to collectively slash food-related greenhouse gas emissions from signatories by 25% by 2030.

Hilton shared details during the Sustainable Brands conference in Detroit this week. The company will initially roll out the effort in the 80 hotels it manages in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands.

Working closely with World Resources Institute, which serves as secretariat of the Cool Food Pledge, Hilton will further its strategy for changing its food offerings. Already, Hilton chefs have lowered the climate impact of one of their most-ordered items: the burger. The Blended Burger swaps 30% of beef – a highly resource-intensive food – for flavor-boosting mushrooms. Over 500 hotels in 100 countries are already offering reduced-meat options, such as the Blended Burger. The company is looking at how it can expand such offerings as well as continue to increase plant-based and vegetarian menu items, train its team members on sustainability and food, and raise awareness among its guests.

“Last year, Hilton made a bold commitment to cut our environmental impact in half and double our investment in social impact by 2030,” saidDaniella Foster, Senior Director Corporate Responsibility at Hilton. “In the spirit of our founder Conrad Hilton, who started our company 100 years ago, we continue to innovate and re-imagine the service and products we offer to our guests as we redefine sustainable travel. The Cool Food Pledge is a great opportunity to join forces to set off a game-changing movement – for businesses, consumers, and the precious resources that make the world a great place to live and travel.”

“Agriculture and associated land-use change account for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, people have to eat differently. It’s that simple,” said Daniel Vennard, Director at World Resources Institute. “Hilton and the other groups signed on to the Cool Food Pledge are showing that dining is where sustainability efforts come alive. It’s incredibly exciting because the potential impact is huge.”

Globally, producing animal-based foods accounts for two-thirds of agricultural GHG emissions and more than three-quarters of agricultural land use, while plant-based foods generally have lower environmental impacts. Per gram of protein, beef uses 20 times more land and generates 20 times more greenhouse gas emissions than beans, for example. People don’t need to go vegetarian to eat sustainably. According to WRI’s research, the average American could cut their diet-related environmental impacts by nearly half just by eating less animal-based foods and more plants.

In addition to Hilton, signatories to the Cool Food Pledge include: Morgan Stanley, WeWork, Genentech, Max Burgers, Monde Nissin, UCSF Health, UCSD Health, UCLA Health, UC Davis Health, Overlook, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Together, they serve more than 100 million meals annually.

First announced at the Global Climate Action Summit in Fall 2018, the Cool Food Pledge is an initiative of World Resources Institute, UN Environment, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth, and Climate Focus. The Cool Food Pledge is pleased to have Sodexo as a supporter, helping promote the Pledge’s activities with the dining facilities it serves. The Pledge will host its inaugural celebration in New York on September 24, 2019, when signatories will announce progress and call on others to put sustainability on the menu.

HOW THE PLEDGE WORKSPledge: Signatories commit to a collective target of reducing diet-related GHG emissions associated with the food they provide by 25% by 2030 relative to 2015—a level of ambition in line with keeping global warming below 2⁰C. The Cool Food Pledge team advises signatories on how to gather the necessary data and conduct periodic monitoring of the associated metrics.
Plan: The Cool Food Pledge team provides guidance to signatories to help them develop a plan for serving more climate-friendly food while meeting other dining-related targets (e.g., number of diners, financial performance, nutrition). The Cool Food Pledge also connects signatories with the network of organizations producing innovative products, solutions, and training to achieve more sustainable diets. Pledge signatories are able to share and learn from others about what works.
Promote: The Cool Food Pledge team provides inspiring messaging that can be used to support signatories’ existing sustainability campaigns. The collective performance of companies against the GHG target will be published annually.


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About World Resources Institute
WRI is a global research organization that spans more than 60 countries, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the United States and more. Our more than 800 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. More information is available at www.wri.org.





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Accor Launches First MGallery in South Korea


MGALLERY SLATED TO OPEN IN SEOUL

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Accor Ambassador Korea has announced the launch of its first MGallery hotel in partnership with Pungnong Co., Ltd. Set to open in 2022, the project will include residences, offices and a hotel.

MGallery is a collection of boutique hotels dedicated to trendsetters and engaged explorers who appreciate unique, original and authentic experiences. Each MGallery hotel stands as a gateway into another world – be it a bygone era, a hidden haven or a spectacular natural landscape. The collection comprises historic luxury hotels, many of which have hosted historic figures or iconic poets and authors.

“The signing of an MGallery Hotel in Seoul marks a key milestone for our Group, as it represents our focus on expanding Accor’s luxury hotel portfolio in South Korea. The MGallery brand is a beautiful collection of addresses where each hotel is individually styled allowing guests to experience a range of locally-inspired offerings. We are delighted to expand the brand’s presence in Northeast Asia following the recent launch of our first MGallery hotel in Japan with the successful opening of MGallery Kyoto Yura”, said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of Accor for Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives.


Located in Mapo, Seoul, the hotel overlooks the Hangang River offering picturesque views of the charming Yeouido city skyline and beyond. Mapo subway station is a five-minute walk to the central business district, shopping malls and local attraction sites. Guests staying at the hotel can enjoy a morning walk or an evening run by the river and experience the scenic and serene beauty of the residential district also known as the ‘Land of Morning Calm’.

“This is our first MGallery hotel in the heart of Seoul and MGallery hotels embody the style, stories and allure of their destinations. Each MGallery hotel provides guests with their own ‘Memorable Moment’, an exclusive experience that inspires lifelong memories. Deeply rooted in the local landscape, guests will have the opportunity to engage in a once-in-a-lifetime experience from culture to on-site offerings,” commented Jongcheol Lee, chairman of Pungnong Co., Ltd.

The hotel will feature 197 guestrooms, a range of dining outlets, an outdoor swimming pool and meeting spaces for weddings, conferences and events.

“Seoul is a bewitching mix of ancient and modern metropolis that has earned its title as the UNESCO City of design. Enriched with a history dating back 600 years ago in the Joseon Dynasty, the city offers a diverse array of lifestyle, entertainment and dining options. We look forward to sharing enriching stories with both visitors and locals that showcase Korea’s vibrant culture with the opening of MGallery Seoul”, added Vincent Lelay, Vice President of Operations for South Korea.

Accor Ambassador Korea Hotel Management Co., Ltd. currently operates 24 hotels in South Korea with 5 hotels in the pipeline slated to open by 2022.

The MGallery Hotel in Seoul joins a collection of more than 100 boutique hotels in 26 countries, including Hotel Molitor Paris, INK Hotel Amsterdam and Hotel des Arts Saigon in Vietnam to name a few. The brand will also expand its collection with captivating new hotels under development.


ABOUT MGALLERY
MGallery is where captivating stories are lived and shared. With more than 100 storied boutique hotels around the world, each MGallery tells a unique story inspired by the destination. From bespoke design and sensorial mixology to wellbeing dedicated to women, MGallery hotels are places where guests can discover the very best the world has to offer. MGallery guests are inspired and enriched through their delightful visits to these stylish, thoughtful and decidedly singular hotels. Well-known properties in the MGallery collection include Hotel Molitor Paris, INK Hotel Amsterdam, Queens Hotel Cheltenham in England, Santa Teresa Hotel Rio de Janeiro, Hotel Lindrum Melbourne in Australia, Muse Bangkok Langsuan in Thailand, and Hotel des Arts Saigon in Vietnam. MGallery is part of Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique and meaningful experiences in 4,800 hotels, resorts, and residences across 100 countries.


ABOUT accor ambassador korea
Accor Ambassador Korea Hotel Management Co., Ltd, established in 2006 is a joint venture company built in partnership with Accor and Ambassador Hotel Group. The company currently operates 24 hotels in 7 cities in South Korea through management and franchise contract. The portfolio of brands include Pullman, Grand Mercure, Novotel Suites, Novotel, Mercure, ibis Styles, ibis, and ibis Budget.


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THE LAGUNA BALI WELCOMES CHIEF CONCIERGE:VERINA RENDIZA

Nusa Dua, Bali, May 3, 2019 - Effective of 5 April 2019, The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali appoints their new Chief Concierge, Verina Rendiza. In her new role, Verina will be responsible for the Concierge operations development and implementation of strategies reporting directly to General Manager, Lucia Liu.

An Indonesian native with over 9 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Verina brings a broad knowledge of Concierge operations to her assignment at The Laguna Bali. Her dedication and passion in pursuing service excellence has led her to be the executive committee of the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or Indonesia delivering the highest quality of service in the field. Growing up in Bali, Verina brings a broad knowledge of Balinese culture to the company. With her enthusiasm, attentiveness to detail and drive for innovation, she believes that she can motivate her team best by setting an example and empowering their skills and potential to be the best destination authority. Prior to joining The Laguna, Verina was the Head of Concierge at The Legian Bali overseeing 15 concierges, airport representative and ambassadors team where she successfully implements productivity whilst improving guest satisfaction.

Verina holds a Degree in Bachelor of English in Udayana University, Bali.With extensive experience in Bali, Verina is eager to contribute to improve guest satisfaction and the ongoing success of The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Nusa Dua.


About The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali
Nestled on Bali’s pristine white sand beach of Nusa Dua with infinite Indian Ocean views, The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali boasts seven shimmering lagoon pools, one for each day of the week, and 287 guestrooms, suites and villas surrounding lush tropical gardens.

Featuring an enchanting Lagoon Spa and state-of-the-art fitness center, contemporary indoor and outdoor meeting venues all complemented by the personalized touches of the Luxury Collection Concierge service, which curates its programs to unlock the true essence of Bali for global explorers.

The Laguna Resort & Spa delivers a variety of dining options from around the world: Banyubiru for Pan-Asian and international cuisines, beachfront Arwana for unparalleled premium coastal cuisine showcasing fresh live seafood, oysters, sushi and the island’s favorite Sunday Beach & BBQ Brunch.

Cornerstone, a private wine room and Deli highlighting casual dining, homemade treats and daily specialties. Signature cocktails, wines, spirits, and light bites are on offer throughout the resort at Kul Kul Bar, Cascade Bar and Sapphire Bar. For more information, please visit
www.thelagunabali.com

About The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts
The Luxury Collection® brand is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world's most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination's indigenous charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA® brand as a collection of Europe's most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble, recently surpassing 100 of the world's finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world's finest. For more information and new openings, visit theluxurycollection.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.



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