Hospitality Advocacy and the “Green Destination”

gdoAlexa Stone (Founder) was the guest speaker, with Mayor Crotty, to the I-Drive Chamber of Commerce on May 15th where she described Orange County Convention Center’s critical role as an educational leader in sustainability.  “Because of it’s size and location, Orange County Convention Center has a responsibility to take on this role..” says Alexa, “…it’s good for business and it’s the right thing to do.

Most I-Drive businesses including hotels, retail outlets and entertainment venues have begun their own sustainability efforts, but few have considered LEED Certification as the most visible and credible method for 3rd party verification of a building’s operational efficiency and sustainable practices. Alexa described how the percentage of tourists traveling to Orlando from other countries is growing.  That said, travelers from other countries place a higher priority in choosing hotels and venues based on sustainable practices, in some cases, than Americans.

She described how the percentage of tourists traveling to Orlando from other countries is growing.  That said, travelers from other countries place a higher priority in choosing hotels and venues based on sustainable practices, in some cases, than Americans.

Moreover, the public’s growing hunger for ecologically friendly options, pulling together to create a unified green image is critical to the area’s success.

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