Sustainable Tourism

Have you ever asked yourself:


"How green is my hotel?"


Worldwide tourism is increasing rapidly. People expect that in 2020 1,5 billion customers will travel internationally. This huge number of tourists means a lot of pressure on the environment and the surroundings of tourist destinations. Therefore sustainable tourism is becoming more and more important.

In the Netherlands the Dutch Association of Travel Agents an Touroperators (ANVR) is putting a great effort in making touroperators more aware of sustainable and responsible tourism. They offer all affiliated touroperators information about the subject and the impact of our business in the long run. We think it is important to share some of this information with partners we work with, because only when we all work together, we can make a difference.

Maybe you are already involved with sustainable tourism. If not, you will find out that getting started in sustainability is quite easy. Therefore we like to give you some information from the step-by-step guide that we have received from Travel Foundation, an international partner in sustainable toursm of the Dutch ANVR. Please click on one off the links underneath to go to the right information.

  • Possibilities to reduce water
  • Possibilities to reduce energy
  • Possibilities to reduce waste
  • Benefits of buying local



  • WATER


    Water is a precious commodity. And its scarcity, especially in hot countries, is a great cause for concern. By reducing water consumption, accommodations can help the environment. As well as make savings on their own water bills. It's a win, win situation!

    Towel reuse

    Towel reuse programmes are fairly common and can save not only water, but energy and detergent too. Most accommodations have a towel reuse scheme that is explained to guests by using a simple card or note in the bathroom. Guests can decide themselves when they like their towels changed, rather than automatically changing them every day. If you already have a towel reuse scheme, it's always good to see if it's working properly. Are you curious to find out more about the effect of towel reuse? Please watch the video by clicking on the first photo. Or have a look at the Top tips and poster ideas that we have received from Travel Foundation.

    Linen reuse

    Similarly to towel reuse, a linen reuse scheme also not only saves water, but energy and detergent too. In order for a linen reuse scheme to work, it needs the full understanding and co-operation of the housekeeping team. The most common types of scheme are:
  • 2 or 3 day linen change schedule
  • the 'top to bottom' change method

  • What is your policy regarding linen reuse? To find out more about implementing a linen reuse programme and the effects of it on water savings, we advise you to watch the video after the second photo. Or have a look at the tips and poster ideas.

    Laundry operation

    If your property runs its own laundry operation, you can further reduce the water, energy and detergent consumption by following some simple rules, including:
  • washing and drying full loads only
  • seperating and pre-treating soiled items to avoid re-washing
  • seperate towels and linen as different weights required different washing and drying times
  • operate flat irons at full capacity

  • To find out how to make your laundry operations as sustainable as possible, you can watch the video by following the link from the third picture. Or aslo have a look at the tips and posters. 

     

    Top Tips from Travel Foundation for water

    Poster Ideas from Travel Foundation for water


    ENERGY


    Reducing the energy consumption is not only kind to the environment, accommodations can also make savings on energy bills. So like the measurements for water, saving energy is also a win-win situation.

    Lighting

    Did you know that lighting in tourist accommodation can account for as much as 25% of the total electricity bill...? To save energy you may consider making changes such as using CFL light bulbs. They use 75% less energy than tunston light bulbs. You may also want to consider using motion sensors, timing devices and reducing the amount of decorative lighting that you have. And of course ask clients to switch of the lights when they leave their room (unless you already have a key-card for the doors and energy in the rooms). To find out how to reduce your energy bill by changing your lighting, you can watch the video by clicking on the link.

    Well trained housekeepers can implement a wide range of conservation measures that will reduce both water, and energy consumption. When entering guest bedrooms - amongst other things - housekeepers should:
    - Turn off all appliances such as TV's - Allow natural sunlight in - Turn off the airconditioning, or adjust to a reasonable temperature.

    For a full explanation of all energy saving measures that housekeepers could be in charge of, you can watch the video. Follow the link and have a look at the special:

    Top Tips from Travel Foundation for energy

    Poster Ideas from Travel Foundation for energy



    WASTE

    Ultimately, we should all aim to reduce the amount of waste we create to as little as possible. Some waste is unavoidable, but together we should try to make a positive difference to the environment. This is possible through reduce, reuse and recycle.


    Reduce

    Reducing the overall amount of waste disposal from your operations should be at the forefront of your waste policy. It is the senior management and purchasing department that have the greatest responsibility in this area. When considering purchases, they should consider how much waste will be generated and go to landfill. They are many ways to reduce waste, including for example:
  • Avoid using single serving packs and items
  • Use cloth bags for guest laundry, rather than disposable plastic bags
  • Use refillable dispensers in guest bathrooms


  • Reuse

    Reusing items that would otherwise go to waste is the next best option, once you have reduced your waste items to as little as possible. There are several areas in which you can reuse items:
  • Work with drinks suppliers that use refillable bottles or kegs
  • Work with suppliers that use returnable packaging
  • In the office print on both sides and use refillable printer cartridges


  • Recycle

    Once you have considered waste reduction and reuse, then you can think of recycling. This also helps to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. There are many items in guest accommodation that can be recycled such as paper, cardboard, plastics, glass and cooking oil. For a recycling scheme to work effectively, it is advantageous to seperate the waste at the source, so that it's easy to send for recycling. Both guests and employees should be enouraged to help with recyclying efforts. To let guests help you to recycle items and to reduce waste might not always be easy. To get an idea of the possibilities, we have added a link to the photo for watching a video about recycling.

    These are just a few possibilities to reduce, reuse and recycle items. If you're interested to get more information on this subject, please watch the videos by clicking on one of the photos. Or read the TIPS and have a look at the POSTERS from Travel Foundation for waste.


    BUYING LOCAL


    Buying local is the purchase of locally made products and services from your local area. Sourcing products and services locally not only benefits the people living in your destination, it can benefit your business too. A growing number of guests are expecting more and local sourcing can help you create a distinct accommodation. Although it might seem like a huge challenge for ‘mainstream’ business, there are many small changes you can make at no extra cost. If you're interested, just have a look at the English guide we have received from the Travel Foundation.




    Sourcing locally can improve your reputation locally and further afield... It can help you obtain ‘green’ certification, enhance your public image and help secure contracts and bookings in this age of ‘greener’ tourism.

     

    Taking action today will help you to get a greener image in the future!

     

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