In a study performed by Booking.com, 70% of travelers were more likely to book an accommodation knowing that it was eco-friendly, whether they were looking for a sustainable stay or not. Sustainability in every sector, especially Travel and Tourism, has become more sought out over the years, especially because of the tourism industry’s significant carbon emissions. Creating an environmentally positive operation in a hotel involves many moving parts, and we’ll delve into some sustainability ideas in this article.
Sustainability Methods for Hotels
Implementing energy-saving technologies though they may have a larger upfront cost, will save energy in the long run. Technologies could include energy star-rated heating and cooling systems, and using energy-efficient LED light bulbs. Hotels could also make the switch to renewable energies such as solar or wind power, depending on the area. Sensors could also be added to detect light levels, saving energy especially in common and outdoor areas.
Guest rooms and other common areas can be automated to save energy, water and more. Smart showers could be installed to save water, while thermostats and other technology can be used to control temperature. It’s also important to involve the guests in the environmental initiatives. By leaving positive, and small but efficient notes reminding your guests to turn off lights, use less water, etc., they are reminded of your commitment to the environment and how they play a role in that.
It is important that their experience remains positive however. You want to make things easier for them, not more difficult. Though you are saving water they can still have their linens and towels cleaned when they like. To make travel around the city easier for them the hotel can offer reusable public transportation cards. And cleaning products can be biodegradable and non toxic to the environment.
It is also important to minimize waste. By putting properly labeled and separate recycling, garbage and compost bins, this gives guests the chance to separate their waste properly. Also, by avoiding disposable products in rooms and other areas of the hotel there is less opportunity for waste. For example, using glass or metal straws and containers, and using refillable containers for shampoo, body wash, etc.
Another way to be more sustainable is to offer more vegetarian and vegan food options, therefore reducing meat. Also, by offering local or organic food you’re supporting your local community as well as offering guests the chance to taste local food. There is also the opportunity to grow your own garden, whether it is a vegetable garden or one with other native plants. This could be a great attraction and any compost can be used as nutrients for the soil.
Another important factor is training employees and making sure management is knowledgeable of issues and sustainability initiatives. Employees should also be trained in a sustainable manner, paperless and either online or on site but outside or during daytime to minimize energy consumption. With knowledgeable employees they can act as examples to guests and other businesses.
Examples of Sustainable Hotels
Svart Hotel in Norway uses solar energy as their electricity source and is considered the world’s first energy-positive hotel.
The Machan Hotel in India is a tree-based hotel. The rooms themselves are made from the dead tree wood.
The Bambu Indah Hotel in Bali has different tents made from bamboo and located in the treetops. They also ensure to serve organic food, with plates made of leaves.
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Joshi, S. (September 21, 2022). Go Eco-friendly and Save Nature With These 10 Sustainable Hotel Practices. eZee Absolute. https://www.ezeeabsolute.com/blog/sustainable-hotel-practices/
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