Daniel “Dan” Fenton has a background in tourism and hospitality planning and holds leadership responsibilities with JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group in San Jose, California. Among Dan Fenton’s areas of focus are evolving convention center concepts and transitions by hotel developers toward a sustainable development emphasis.
A recent JLL Real Views article drew attention to diverse reasons for the increased sustainability focus, including “corporate peer pressure,” and wanting to attract urban consumers who are seeking sun-filled holidays in pristine locales. The new sense of urgency also reflects the location of many resorts in coastal areas that are the most vulnerable to rising seas, changing weather patterns, and the impact of global warming.
With major chains such as Marriott and Hilton stepping up their eco-conscious efforts, a next generation of boutique operations is making green headlines. This includes the in-progress Oasis Eco Resort in the United Arab Emirates, which is financed by “eco-minded entrepreneurs,” and a new resort planned on Blackadore Caye in Belize. The latter luxury property is spearheaded by Leonardo DiCaprio and will be the first to incorporate Living Building Challenge standards within a Restorative Island scheme.