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Talking Point: Tackling modern slavery in the hotel industry

Talking Point: Tackling modern slavery in the hotel industry

Modern slavery is a serious but often unreported issue for the hotel industry. Rishi Sachdev, Co-Founder of Shiva Foundation and Director of Shiva Hotels, outlines his plan to help create an industry-wide model to tackle modern slavery – starting with an Anti-Trafficking Charter currently being piloted at one of Shiva’s London hotels. Across our industry, […]

Talking Point: Hotels should see their disabled guests as stakeholders

Continuing our theme examining the role of stakeholders in improving hotels’ performance as responsible businesses, and with a nod to the theme this week for World Tourism Day of equality of access for people with disabilities, Fiona Jarvis, Founder of Blue Badge Style explain how hotels can work with their disabled guests (and staff) to […]

Talking Point: Hotels Can Take Bigger Strides to Cut Water Use

World Water Week is fast approaching when experts gather in Stockholm to discuss the impending water crisis and what needs to be done to tackle it. Towel re-use programmes are all very well but in this Talking Point, Jonathan Benjamin, global president of Xeros says, as a high water consuming industry, the hotel sector needs […]

Talking Point: Rio isn’t winning on water

Rio 2016 is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate this vibrant Latin American city, but it’s obscuring a big water problem and hotels need to play their part, says Flávia Arantes Jensen inventor of Aguawell. Tourism in Rio is event driven. Big annual parties such as Rio’s Carnival and New Year at Copacabana Beach bring in […]

Talking point: Cleaning beaches, an opportunity for hotels

Joining our sustainable destinations theme this month, Elizabeth Andrews at Travelife says one way hotels can manage their local environment and ensure longevity of their destination’s surroundings is by caring for their neighbourhood beach. It’s the last week of July and only 10 more days for hotels to register a beach clean for the Make Holidays […]

Talking point: Time to invest in energy efficient equipment

In our latest Talking Point, Simon Frost, chair of CESA explains why new EU Directives mean there’s no excuse for purchasing less energy efficient kitchen equipment. Since the 1st of July 2016, the EU’s Energy Labelling and Ecodesign Directives now apply for commercial catering equipment as well as domestic appliances. While readers of Green Hotelier […]

Talking Point: Hotels shouldn’t roll over on mattress recycling

In today’s Talking Point, Nick Oettinger of The Furniture Recycling Group says hotels have an obligation to re-use or recycle bulky waste and the circular economy model offers an alternative to landfill. It can often be a difficult task for hotels to remove, transport and dispose of mattresses, and figures in the UK show that […]

Protecting children in tourism: a persistent problem

Hotels are at constant risk from the threat of human trafficking and frequently that can include the sexual exploitation of men, women and children in hotel rooms. A report by ECPAT with input from UNICEF has revealed the particular risk to children whether trafficked or otherwise. Here Samah Abbasi outlines the findings of the report […]

What’s the case for solar powered hotels?

As the rise of renewable energy sees more of the planet’s power each month being produced sustainably, Alan Russo of REC Solar asks whether adding photovoltaic panels to your property can help reduce your energy bill. In the US, total solar installations hit the one million mark in February. Total industry growth is projected to […]

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