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Fairmont removes sharks fin from menu

Fairmont removes sharks fin from menu

TORONTO, July 18, 2012 – Fairmont Hotels & Resorts today announced that they have formally removed shark fin from all of their hotel menus in Asia, effective immediately. The move, which also spans the luxury hotel brand’s global culinary operations, is in line with Fairmont’s industry-leading commitment to environmental stewardship and supports an earlier pledge […]

Meliá Hotels International wins Sustainability Award

The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Brazil presents Meliá Hotels International with the “Sustainability Award 2012” The hotel company receives the award in the “Contributions to Improvement in Corporate Development” category Palma de Mallorca, 18 July, 2012. The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Brazil hosted the third edition of its Sustainability Awards for Spanish […]

Major hotel groups welcome standardised approach to carbon measurement

Launched in June, the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative 1.0 (HCMI) methodology was formulated by the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), in collaboration with 23 leading global hospitality companies. The carbon footprint of hotel stays and meetings will now be able to be calculated and communicated in a consistent […]

Time to move beyond technical fixes to resolving water challenges in tourism sector

The increasing scarcity of freshwater facing our planet is widely known. Shifting climate patterns, burgeoning populations, urbanisation, and inadequate infrastructure, resources and political will, are all contributing to the complex challenges around sustainable water management. In many destinations, particularly in the global South, the tourism sector is considerably affected by unreliable water supplies.

What lies beneath – mattress waste in the hotel industry

Despite a growing trend towards sustainability in the hospitality industry, there is evidence to show that cheap, environmentally unfriendly mattresses with short life-spans continue to be a popular choice by hotels at both ends of the market. A standard hotel mattress is made from non-renewable resources, produces a large amount of waste, and has a significant carbon cost associated with its production and delivery.

Whitbread Cuts Carbon Emissions Despite Rapid Expansion

UK’s largest hotel and restaurant group saves more than 1,500 tonnes of CO2 in 2011 as part of comprehensive sustainability strategy Whitbread, the UK’s largest hotel and restaurant group, continued to deliver on their sustainability strategy by saving thousands of tonnes of CO2 across their hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops in 2011. The carbon savings […]

YCI successfully launches a new country programme in India

18th June 2012 was a special day for 47 young people in Mumbai City, as they began a new chapter in their lives. The first Youth Career Initiative (YCI) country pilot programme in India was successfully launched, and it promises to be an exciting six months for both the participants and the hotels that have […]

University academic calls for improved environmental messaging

Following the disappointment of many towards the recent Rio+20 talks on sustainable developments, Alister Scott, Professor of Environmental and Spatial Planning at Birmingham City University, says part of the blame for the lack of perceived action lies with “doom and gloom” messaging that has resulted in policy-makers ignoring the concerns of academics and environmentalists “Plain […]

The Sustainable Restaurant Guide to Sustainable Kitchens

Space Catering The 20-page guide provides a wealth of accessible advice and information on all the key sustainability issues, highlighting the main areas that will not only make a difference to the environment but also enable substantial savings to be made.  There are sections on equipment choice and kitchen design, as well as other essential […]

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