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How sustainable procurement can benefit the tourism industry

How sustainable procurement can benefit the tourism industry

Many hotels are now demonstrating how sustainable procurement – securing goods and services in a way that achieves value for money for the organisation while also benefiting society and minimising impact on the environment – is helping to reduce their costs. UN Environment has provided a set of case studies to show how corporate buyers have […]

Talking Point: Can we really source sustainable interiors?

With more hotels moving towards sustainable practice, ethical tourism and environmentally friendly sourcing, it is important to maintain a comprehensive approach to environmentalism, says Liam O’Donnell, director of Valdivian Furniture. It can often be tricky to maintain a legitimate sustainable stance when dealing with suppliers and sourcing, creating supply chain complexities and weakening the green […]

Talking Point: Can white weddings go green?

Hotels and hospitality venues hoping to gain a larger slice of the £10 billion UK wedding market should be going “green” – as more and more couples, increasingly aware of environmental challenges impacting the planet, move away from a traditional white wedding day. Wedding consultant Kelly Chandler explains how. Whether hoteliers are in New York, […]

The Lovat, Loch Ness: joined up thinking on reducing carbon

This Best Practice Case Study comes from a remote and beautiful part of Scotland where the hoteliers have thought really hard about their carbon emissions and are reducing them in a variety of ways at The Lovat. GH: Can you take us on your hotel or resort’s sustainability journey? When did it begin? Where are […]

Talking Point: Is there an eco-friendly way to deal with bed bugs?

Pest control is a necessary evil for hotels and one that has to be managed carefully. Raymond Web of Take Care Termite and Pest Control shares some pest prevention and control strategies to help hoteliers keep their surroundings healthy, safe and pest-free. Bed bugs are some of the most persistent pests and their infestation can […]

Talking Point: Sustainability by design – can we be aesthetic and eco-friendly?

A lot of a hotel’s sustainability challenges are now being addressed at the design stage. Whether that’s designing a water efficient hotel before construction, or re-thinking popular room items to be eco-friendly. In this Talking Point Jonathan Smith, product marketing manager flame technology, Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation looks at how design has an important […]

Talking Point: Dreaming of a green Christmas – Can hotels have a Christmas with a conscience?

With social consciousness bang at the top of the news agenda, reducing waste and adopting environmentally friendly practices has never been more important. But with Christmas just around the corner – and one of the busiest times of year for hotels – extra customers bring additional food and other waste, meaning hotels must work harder […]

Talking Point: Can hotels really help to reduce water scarcity?

  Urban water security is increasingly salient for communities around the world as climate change continues to exacerbate many water-related challenges. Hotelier Grant Behnke shares his thoughts on how hotels can play a role in overcoming them. Hotel industry engagement can be an important piece of the solution, and by doing their part, hoteliers can […]

Talking Point: Why waste it?

Waste has been a huge topic of conversation in recent years – with footage of the ocean suffocated by a churning mass of plastic and rubbish and landfills scarring the countryside. Notoriously, food is being thrown out by everyone from big chain hotels to the average household. Richard Walker, marketing manager at Reconomy offers some […]

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