Iowa Marriott does ecology proud

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Itâ€â„¢s too early to call it a movement, but smoke-free hotels are gaining ground. First, Westin announced it would ban smoking indoors at all of its North American and Caribbean properties (see the Front Desk for Dec. 6th, 2005). Now, Marriott has stuck its toe into the smoke-free waters.

In August, the state of Iowa will debut its first smoke-free, full-service hotel. The 286-room Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, owned by the city of Coralville and operated by Marriott International, will have clean air.

But thatâ€â„¢s not all. To demonstrate its commitment to a smoke-free environment, the hotel, which will offer 60,000 square feet of meeting space, will donate a percentage of its 2006 guestroom receipts to the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center for tobacco-related research.

Talk about putting your money where your mouth is. Or is it lungs? Itâ€â„¢s all our lungs.

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