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Marriott International making big gains in corporate responsibility

Marriott International has released its 2015 Sustainability Report and is making gains across all sectors of the corporate responsibility agenda, including in its community and diversity programmes. Highlights of the report include: Marriott has 140 LEED Registered and LEED Certified properties and earned over 1600 TripAdvisor GreenLeader badges. Their energy intensity is down 9.4% against […]

Hotels offer hope to survivors of human trafficking

Global hotel chains are working to ensure a brighter future for survivors of human trafficking, a new short film reveals. The film ‘Giving Hope to Survivors of Human Trafficking – a short film by YCI’ tells the stories of survivors who are graduating from a six month training programme in hotels around the world, and […]

Steigenberger hotels welcome Spanish trainees

The Steigenberger Hotel Group which was recognised this year as one of Germany’s ‘top employers’ is creating opportunities for 15 young people from Spain via an exchange programme. The Group is living up to its status as a 2015 “Germany’s Top Employer” award winner by joining forces with the Federal Government and the not-for-profit education […]

Talking Point: Creating opportunities for women

Chris Corbin and Jeremy King of the Corbin & King group of hotels and restaurants realised there was both a shortage of trained, experienced chefs, and a lack of opportunities for mums returning to work, so they decided to tackle the issue. The skills shortage in the restaurant and catering industry, and particularly of skilled […]

Hilton keeps opening doors for young people

Hilton Worldwide has managed to impact 90,000 young people worldwide with their programmes to showcase the hospitality industry as a prospective career. During its second annual Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality Month, Hilton Worldwide properties and offices hosted more than 750 events globally totalling 22,365 volunteer hours and reaching more than 90,000 young people. Careers@Hilton […]

Talking Point: How good staff communication brings best customer experience

Green Hotelier has been raising issues of good employment practice and labour rights issues, and one of the key elements of this is ensuring employees have representation or a clear line of dialogue with management in order to raise issues. Here Arnfinn Oines, Social & Environmental Conscience at Soneva, describes how they manage this issue […]

Talking Point: Communicating sustainability to staff

Continuing this month’s theme on communication, for this Talking Point we talk to the Travel Foundation’s Industry Programmes Manager, Julie Middleton about how best to get hotel staff fired up about sustainability Forget about communicating your sustainability policy to staff. If you really want to engage staff with all things green, do it their way. […]

Cape Town Radisson hotel leads the way in accessible employment

The Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands is leading the way when it comes to employing people with hearing disabilities. Recognised this year by the Guardian Responsible Business Awards in the Inclusion and Diversity category, the hotel triumphed for employing around 30% deaf and hearing impaired colleagues across all departments. When they won the […]

Talking Point: Ilunion Hotels and their accessibility focused business model

  For this month’s theme we talk to Tourism for Tomorrow ‘People Award’ winner Ilunion Hotels, about how and why they champion accessibility throughout their hotels in Spain. Ilunion Hotels was formed with a double objective; on the one hand to be a profitable, sustainable company, and on the other to incorporate within the workforce people with some […]