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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 […]

Greywater Harvesting for Hotels

Water stewardship is an extremely important aspect of good environmental practice for hotels. Many use reduced flow and flush in bathrooms, but how many are recycling water? Water re-use is becoming core to many companies’ sustainability efforts and it’s never been more important.  Freshwater withdrawals have increased globally by about 1% per year since the […]

Thai hotels are Kuoni Water Champions

Eleven Kuoni partner hotels have been recognised with the Kuoni Water Champion Award for implementing a sound sustainable water management system. One hotel in Phuket saved 35 trucks delivering fresh water on a monthly basis. Other hotels in Bangkok and Phuket participating in the water programme have saved from 600 to 6000 cubic metres of […]

EarthCheck world first study reveals massive savings for hoteliers managing resources

A report by Professor Susanne Becken released in September for EarthCheck has revealed for the first time the tens of thousands of dollars that hoteliers can save from their annual bottom line if they systematically manage their resource use through measurement and benchmarked improvements. Tracking data over six years, the report reveals that some hotels […]

ITP members steam ahead in World Water Week

Members of the International Tourism Partnership are underlining their ongoing commitment to good water stewardship and their work on the HWMI Working Group with further strong actions during World Water Week (23-28 August). Earlier this year Carlson Rezidor announced their partnership with Just a Drop; encouraging guests to forego daily linen changes in exchange for […]

Maldives resort tells guests: Do drink the water

A Maldives-based resort and spa with its own desalination plant is urging guests: ‘do drink the water’. The Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is taking steps to develop more responsible tourism and has started producing and bottling its own drinking water on-island. Tucked away in the heart of the resort, the desalination plant is producing […]

Talking Point: The Brazilian water crisis – it’s time to act

ITP Regional Co-ordinator for the Youth Career Initiative in Latin America Priscila Costa highlights the ongoing water issues in Brazil and says; ‘the time for awareness has passed, it’s time to act.’ In my role as YCI Regional Co-ordinator for Latin America, I spend a lot of time working both with hotels and with some […]

Leading hotel companies collaborate to reduce water consumption

Many of the world’s leading hotel companies are working together to standardise the way the industry measures and reports on water consumption. Building on the success of the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative, now used by over 21,500 hotels around the world, the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) is announcing ambitious plans to standardise water measurement across […]

Radisson Blu guests help save water and lives

Hotel company Radisson Blu have launched their Blu Planet towel re-use programme, which asks guests to consider re-using their towels during their stay in exchange for a donation to international water company Just a Drop. Radisson Blu signed a partnership agreement with Just a Drop that will ensure they provide a lifetime’s supply of fresh […]