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Tongsai Bay: champions of nature

Tongsai Bay: champions of nature

The Tongsai Bay Resort on Koh Samui, Thailand recently celebrated its 30th birthday and has become a champion of responsible business and good sustainable practice on the island. Owner Thanakorn Hoontrakul, described why it’s important to this five star resort to look after its local environment as well as its guests, despite some local challenges. […]

Diamond Resorts share the sustainability message

Diamond Resorts works hard with colleagues and guests to ensure messages on waste and energy saving are always on people’s minds. Sustainability is a core value for team members at Diamond Resorts International, and as a global leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, the company is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint for […]

Talking Point: Are you sending your water straight down the drain?

In this Talking Point blog, David Davis, Technical Director at Encore asks why hotels aren’t doing more to save water. Hotels by their very nature have to consume a lot of water in order to function. But saving every drop of water can make a huge difference globally in the hotel industry’s bid to reduce […]

Power hungry hotels need to reduce their future energy needs now

In June Astana, Kazakhstan hosted the UNWTO’s World Conference on Tourism and Future Energy: Unlocking Low-Carbon Growth Opportunities. We sent Holly Tuppen from BoutEco to learn more. As part of the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the Future Energy conference brought together 700 leaders in the tourism industry from 150 different countries – proving […]

Talking Point: How can hotels work with refugees?

Hotels around the world, but particularly around the Mediterranean have witnessed the refugee crisis that has hit the region for the past few years and is currently increasing again as warmer, calmer seas encourage thousands more to make the perilous journey. Having a seasonal need for staff, hoteliers are keen to try to engage refugees, […]

Maldivian resort opens new marine biology centre

Maldivian eco-resort Gili Lankanfushi launched an innovative marine biology centre on World Oceans Day. Gili Veshi, which translates as ‘Gili Environment’ in the local Dhivehi language, will become the island’s primary marine research facility and the central hub for all sustainability and conservation issues, as well as offering a host of new guest experiences. The […]

Student Hotel group commits to 20% water saving in European cities

The Student Hotel group is committing to save 20% water in European cities through a research partnership which sees it become a ‘living lab’. Via a landmark public-private partnership with Wageningen University (WUR), Sapienza University and start-up, Amphiro, the innovative initiative, which began in Rome, Italy, responds to water shortage challenges in major cities. It aims […]

Hilton Tapestry hotel launches youth community programme

Hotel Skyler in Syracuse New York has launched a partnership with Youth Service America as it becomes part of the Hilton Tapestry brand. The property, which Green Hotelier visited in 2014 is an eclectic, 58-room University Hill hotel and was the city’s first to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and […]

New focus for WTM Responsible Tourism Awards

Hotels around the world are being encouraged to enter the 2017 World Tourism Market (WTM) Responsible Tourism Awards which this year have a new focus. In a shift from previous years’ World Responsible Tourism Awards, this year the WTM Awards are focused on tourism’s contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the SDG’s. Handing on […]

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