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Talking Point: Sustainability in destinations – Brazil

We conclude our Brazil series with a look to the future and how hotels can help destinations be more sustainable through community action. With the World Cup 2014 taking place in June, the world’s eyes were firmly focused on Brazil. Keenly aware that the influx of eager football fans, as well as hundreds of television […]

SLOW LIFE Symposium 2014 addresses sustainable fishing in the Maldives

On 16th November, delegates at the fifth SLOW LIFE Symposium, hosted at Soneva Fushi pledged their immediate and continued support to secure the future of sustainable fishing in the Maldives Responding to a direct request from the Maldivian Minister for Fisheries, Mohamed Shainee, to make the country’s existing sustainable fishing practices viable long-term, delegates have […]

The NH Hotel Group is Focused on Innovation

Antonio Fernandez, a speaker at the marcus evans Hospitality EMEA Summit 2014, discusses how the NH Hotel Group is adding value to the guest experience. NH Hotels is a member of the International Tourism Partnership and as such is committed to ensuring improved sustainability and best practice within their properties when it comes to reducing […]

Sofitel So Bangkok makes big reduction in food waste

A luxury hotel – the Sofitel So Bangkok – has changed working methods and made big savings on food waste with a subsequent financial gain as well. As our recent waste Talking Point theme demonstrated, food waste can be a big issue for hotels. Sometimes just accepted as normal, hotel kitchens can generate high quantities […]

Top eco hotel winners in November 2014

November has been awash with glitzy ceremonies and proud winners and, with eco categories popping up in an increasing number of hotel awards, we’ve been thrilled to be part of the celebrations. Here’s a quick run through of some top eco hotel winners announced this month: World Responsible Tourism Award’s Best City Hotel: Hotel Verde, South Africa This 4-star hotel just 400m […]

Whitbread targets 30 per cent increase on energy efficiency

Whitbread PLC, the UK’s largest hotel and restaurant group is extending its use of Combined Heat & Power (CHP) systems across its property portfolio. ITP member Whitbread operates market-leading businesses in budget hotels, restaurants and coffee shops including Premier Inn, Costa, Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Table Table and Taybarns. Employing over 40,000 people globally and serving […]

Twitter Q&A on sustainability in destinations

We’ve been so inundated with stories about sustainable destinations this month that next year we will be running a specific destination theme each month. For now though, we hope to see lots of you taking part in our ‘Sustainability in Destinations’ Twitter Q&A at the end of this month. From Haiti to the Isle of Wight, […]

Talking Point: Youth Career Initiative expands work in Africa

To kick start this month’s Talking Point posts, we speak with Emili Budell and Samron Adane from Youth Career Initiative (YCI) about the growth of the programme in Africa. The Youth Career Initiative is continually building its presence across the African continent with programmes in Ethiopia, Egypt and (most recently) Senegal. Preparations to launch YCI […]

Hyatt House helps guests engage with the local neighbourhood

In September, on National Good Neighbour Day, Hyatt House introduced a new campaign featuring Neighbourhood Guides Hyatt House, the extended stay hotel brand, is bringing the neighborhood a little closer with a new program and offerings designed to help guests feel more like ‘residents’ so they feel part of the local neighborhood from the moment they arrive. […]