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Menomonee Falls, Wis. (November 5, 2020) – Bradley Corp. adds five new beautiful finishes to its popular WashBar® series to complement every designer’s vision for washroom design. These durable and environmentally friendly finishes further enhance Bradley’s growing line of WashBar models renowned for their sleek award-winning design and exclusive clean+rinse+dry handwashing functionality.

The finishes are produced with physical vapor deposition (PVD), an advanced process that creates a molecular bond to the fixture, creating a resilient coating that will not corrode or fade. Beginning in early 2021, the WashBar – a single piece, multifunction chrome-plated fixture – will be available with finish options including Brushed Black Stainless, Brushed Nickel, Brushed Stainless, Brushed Brass and Brushed Bronze, as well as Polished Chrome, which is the original finish for the WashBar series. Whether the washroom design calls for traditional or modern styling – or polished or matte effect – all six finishes improve design flexibility, adding the perfect finishing touch to any washroom.

In addition to the selection of striking new finishes, designers may choose among a growing suite of WashBar models. Each model incorporates LED lighting and icons to guide users through an intuitively touch-free handwashing experience, enhancing convenience, hygiene and the overall user experience:

WashBar – Bradley’s original WashBar model, this all-in-one completely touchless handwashing fixture houses smart soap, water and dryer in one unit. This unique handwashing functionality may be paired with cast-molded Verge® wash basins or prefabricated OmniDecksTM

Next Generation WashBar® – This ultra-modern L-shaped design offers WashBar technology with a new iconic profile. With only one connection point to the sink, this unique design provides more open space for easier cleaning while providing a striking design element.

WashBar® with Undermount BasinsThis flexible model pairs the WashBar with a selection of cast-formed undermount basins made of either Evero® natural quartz  or Terreon® solid surface. A perfect alternative for applications featuring a complex or unique restroom deck design, these basin materials allow designers to create their own customized restroom decks in varying lengths, L-shapes, cut outs or even different countertop materials.

WashBar® DuoWhen only soap and water are needed, the Duo offers the perfect solution when there is already a contract for paper towels or another hand drying preference.

Exclusive features for all WashBar models include an efficient one-gallon soap container that requires fewer refills. Water is dispensed at 0.5 GPM although it is also available with an ultra-high efficiency flow rate of 0.35 GPM when water conservation is a necessity. Using a bowl designed to work with the WashBar keeps water in the bowl to avoid splashing outside the basin onto the floor, walls or user, improving washroom cleanliness and safety.

For more information on the all-in-one WashBar and its new line of finishes, please visit bradleycorp.com/commercial-washroom-finishes.

 
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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Oct. 30, 2020 –Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services, received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. The product is the first registered by the EPA to kill the virus that causes COVID-19 in 15 seconds – the fastest product available. The Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer is one of the innovative solutions powering the new Ecolab Science Certifiedprogram, advancing the program’s mission to help deliver a higher level of cleanliness to the places people stay, eat and shop, like hotels, restaurants and grocery stores.

Ecolab’s advanced chemistries, including Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer, are key to helping restaurants and other businesses meetheightenedexpectationsforcleanliness and more stringent regulations to help reduce the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 and other viruses. Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer is a concentrated, no-rinse, 2-in-1 cleaner and sanitizer designed for use on any hard, non-porous food contact surface – from the front of the house to the kitchen.

Leveraging Ecolab’s extensive expertise and science-based public health and food safety knowledge, this versatile cleaner sanitizer has been tested and proven effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Ecolab offers the concentrated product for use in spray bottle or electrostatic spray applications. It is one of only three electrostatic spray products proven effective against SARS-CoV-2. 

“Restaurants, hotels and foodservice facilities are working harder than ever to ensure cleaner, safer environments that help protect people and build consumer confidence,” said Michael Johannsen, Ecolab executive vice president and general manager of Global Institutional, the Ecolab division that serves the hospitality industry. “In addition to simplifying hygiene procedures, Ecolab’s Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer provides unmatched sanitizing efficacy, killing the virus that causes COVID-19 faster than any other product on the market.”

Ecolab’s Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer, one of the innovative solutions powering the new Ecolab Science Certifiedprogram, simplifies restaurant hygiene procedures by combining an effective cleaner and sanitizer into one solution without the need to rinse between cleaning and sanitizing or before contact with food. When used in an electrostatic spray application at a disinfection concentration, it can disinfect large indoor spaces efficiently and effectively, from destination dining locations and hotel restaurants to food prep areas behind the customer counter.

Developed using insights from proprietary Ecolab consumer research and informed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)guidelines,Ecolab Science Certified is a comprehensive,science-basedprogram that combines hospitaldisinfectants, food-contactsanitizersandothercleaning products with a detailed training program and a periodic auditing process conducted by highly trained Ecolab field specialists. After meeting rigorous program criteria, customers can display the Ecolab ScienceCertifiedsealtoletconsumersknowabouttheircommitmenttoworld-classhygiene.

Ecolab has one of the broadest product portfolios for use against SARS-CoV-2. Including the Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer, Ecolab offers 12 products tested and proven effective against SARS-CoV-2 and registered by the EPA. And Ecolab offers more than 50 products that are listed on the U.S. EPA List N for use against SARS-CoV-2. In addition, Ecolab products are proven effective for use against SARS-CoV-2 in dozens of countries around the world, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Brazil, and throughout Europe.

For more information about Ecolab’s Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer or to order, contact your local Ecolab representative or visit  ecolab.com/sinksurfacesanitizer. To see how the Ecolab Science Certified program works, visit sciencecertified.com.

 
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TORONTO, ON (October 29, 2020) – Realstar Hospitality today announced the location of its newest Days Inn franchise. Located on the waterfront in the city of Sarnia, the newly renovated property is 100% smoke-free and features 94 spacious guest rooms & suites, each appointed with flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, plush bedding, mini-fridge and microwave.
“We are thrilled to open the doors of our hotel under the Days Inn brand,” said Rickey Randhawa, hotel owner. “Our modern guest rooms and facilities, along with friendly hospitality are certain to provide a relaxing and enjoyable stay for our hotel guests.”
Ideal for business and leisure travellers alike, hotel location is optimal with stunning views of the harbourfront. Sarnia’s only waterfront hotel, guests will enjoy the beautiful landscape surrounding the property. Prior to opening, the hotel refreshed its look in all public spaces and guest rooms. In order to enhance the guest experience, the project included extensive upgrades to bedding, flooring and brand new hotel artwork.
“This property is a great addition to the brand, helping to broaden our distribution of Days Inns across Ontario,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “Development across the country is important in expanding our Days Inn customer base. With another few hotels on the books and numerous other projects on the horizon, the brand continues to be well-positioned for robust growth.”
An easy walk to Sarnia Marina and access to Blue Water Bridge along with local restaurants, Days Inn by Wyndham Sarnia Harbourfront is conveniently located at 505 Harbour Street. Reservations can be made by visiting daysinn.ca or by calling 1 800 DAYS INN (1-800-329-7466).

 
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Washington (October 28, 2020) —  Support for the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AHLA) Safe Stay initiative continues to grow with endorsements coming from leading scientists, physicians and public health experts in epidemiology and infectious disease.

The new endorsements come from the Infectious Diseases Society of Americathe Association for Linen Management which represents the personnel involved in the textile care industry, as well as a certified industrial hygienist andformer infectious diseases epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Murray CohenSafe Stay is an industry-wide initiative focused on enhanced hotel cleaning practices, social interactions, and workplace protocols to meet the new health and safety challenges and expectations presented by COVID-19. 

The latest version of the Safe Stay protocols includes newly-released CDC guidance on hotel operations including meetings and events. Safe Stay includes enhanced guidance on elevator operations, food service operations and workplace health safety plans.  The Safe Stay guidelines also feature the latest CDC recommendations on daily room cleanings to limit in-person contact. The CDC recommends, “guestrooms occupied by the same customer over multiple days should not be cleaned daily, unless requested.” 

The top priority for the hotel industry has always been the health and safety of guests and employees. Through Safe Stay, the hotel industry continues to be recognized by public health officials and industry partners for our leadership on implementing rigorous health and safety standards,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. “As we continuously update our safety protocols to ensure the safest environment, new guidance from the CDC on hotel operations, including daily room cleanings, will meet travelers’ expectations while also helping to further limit contact between employees and guests.”

“The Infectious Diseases Society of America has endorsed the hotel industry’s Safe Stay program because it sets comprehensive health and safety requirements necessary to meet the current public health crisis. With these rigorous standards, the hotel industry plays an important role in helping to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19,” said Barbara Alexander, MD, MHS, FIDSA, president of IDSA.

The new guidance around room cleaning is also in alignment with traveler priorities, as nearly nine out of ten (88%) frequent travelers say that limiting in-room housekeeping to “by request only” would increase their comfort level. This is according to a recent national surveycommissioned by AHLA conducted by Morning Consult. Additionally, nearly three-in-five (58%) guests do not want daily housekeeping; and 58% would not be comfortable with housekeeping staff entering their room without advance permission.

  

“As the only professional trade organization providing training and guidance to both in-house and contracted hospitality laundry service providers, ALM endorses AHLA’s Safe Stay initiative because it is a comprehensive program rooted in CDC guidelines which will keep hotels clean and employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve been proud to work alongside AHLA in their dedication to keeping those who support the hotel industry--who we both represent-- safe and healthy during this challenging time,” said Linda Fairbanks, executive director of the Association for Linen Management.

Dr. Murray Cohen, a certified industrial hygienist and former infectious diseases epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and World Health Organization (WHO), said the updated AHLA Safe Stay guidelines are comprehensive and reflect the advice of leading health agencies. “Based on my 45 years in public health practice, especially prevention of workplace infection transmission, I have reviewed the hotel industry’s guidelines and they are directly aligned with the public health guidance provided by the CDC for the hotel industry in ensuring the safety of both their workforce and guests,” stated Dr. Cohen. “The Safe Stay program adheres to rigorous hygiene protocols, social distancing and contactless options to further limit unnecessary interaction between employees and guests.”


AHLA also recently released the “Safe Stay Guest Checklist” for guests on how to travel safely while also creating a standardized safety experience nationwide, which includes several requirements such as the use of face coverings and limiting daily room cleaning. This checklist is part of AHLA’s Safe Stay guidelines, an industry-wide, enhanced set of health and safety protocols designed to provide a safe and clean environment for all hotel guests and employees.

 
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“A year-on-year (YOY) RevPAR decline of 53.4% and an occupancy rate down 30% on the previous year highlight how tough Q3 has been for IHG. Despite this, there is reason to be positive as the hotel chain has reported that occupancy improved from 25% to 44% in Q3, signalling a light at the end of the tunnel.

“IHG’s recovery is being driven by domestic tourism. According to GlobalData’s COVID-19 Recovery Consumer Survey (16–20 September), 41% of respondents globally would consider booking a domestic trip this year, compared with only 31% considering booking an international trip. This exhibits the greater demand for domestic tourism and gives hope that the domestic market will help hotel companies navigate this difficult period.   

“The European market was hit particularly hard during Q3, with RevPAR down 72% YOY, as a second coronavirus wave is starting to take grip across the continent. The Chinese market could be crucial for the company in the comings months as the country is showing the best signs of tourism recovery globally, highlighted by an occupancy rate of 57%.

“The coming months will be incredibly challenging for IHG, however, the signs of a slow recovery are beginning to become apparent.”

 

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