“Sustainable hospitality does not translate into ‘one company trying to do its very best in a given market,’” explains Dr. Legrand, “but rather, it is an entire industry that stands up to face the environmental and societal challenges by exploring ideas, solutions and strategies of how to develop future hotels and how to manage operations in a sustainable way.”Dr. Willy Legrand, Sustainable hospitality expert
According to the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, tourism contributes about 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions — a figure they expect to grow by 130% by 2035. This is a daunting statistic hospitality leaders are trying to tackle by taking quick and crucial steps to reduce the sector’s carbon footprint.
Fortunately, green credentials are not only good for the planet, but are good for the bottom line, incenting more and more hotels to boost their green credentials, save money and attract guests at the same time. In fact, a Nielsen study of millennial consumer behaviour revealed that sustainability is a shopping priority for this travel-thirsty demographic and a large majority (66%) will pay more for products and services from socially and environmentally conscious companies. As a result, the thousands of hotels around the world making efforts to reduce food waste, minimize water usage, eliminate plastic and paper and build sustainably are not only positively impacting the planet, they are also positively impacting their bottom line.
We see this especially among the rising generation of travellers and hotel bookers. A study on millennial consumer behaviour, conducted by The Nielsen Company, found that sustainability is a shopping priority among this influential and travel-prone generation. In fact, 66% of global respondents (up 11% from the previous year) would “pay more for products and services from companies committed to positive social and environmental impact” (Nielsen, 2015).
Sustainable tourism is clearly more than a trend, it is a necessity, taking hold in every corner of the world – thankfully! So as part of our LIV Sustainably series, we take a look at some of our favourite eco-friendly hotel properties around the world.
The largest island off the coast of Newfoundland, boasts dramatic coastline, colourful clapboard homes and illustrious maritime history. The scenery is arresting, bleak and beautiful at the same time. It is in this remote location that you’ll find the Fogo Inn – a 29 room, modernist, boutique hotel with some bonafide green credentials:
Chile’s Tierra Hotels operate incomparable hotels in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park, at the edge of the vast Atacama desert and on the island of Chiloe. Each one is exquisitely designed and uniquely situated to offer guests sweeping views of their surroundings and to serve as their basecamp for exploring these spectacular regions of South America. The company goes to great lengths to respect and conserve the landscape and biodiversity of the land and honour the cultural traditions of local communities.
Internationally recognized for their robust sustainability programs, Tierra hotels:
Montréal-based Lemaymichaud Architecture Design created all Group Germain Hotels (Alt+ Hotels, Alt Hotels and Le Germain Hotels) and their latest properties all feature a number of energy-efficient innovations including:
In addition, all Group Germain Hotels are dedicated to nurturing the next generation of hospitality workers and supporting local designers and artisans wherever possible. For example:
Created with sustainability in mind, the luxury resort on Song Saa Private Island offers an intimate escape to travellers exploring Southeast Asia. Located in Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago, a 45-min speedboat ride from Sihanoukville Port, Song Saa features 24 private villas situated in pristine surroundings.
From its inception, Song Saa has delivered on sustainability:
This Tulum boutique resort prides itself on being 100% sustainable and powered by the sun. Built over 40 years ago, this ground-breaking property was positioned and built to leverage the Caribbean breezes for cooling the property without the need for air conditioning and it continues to tread lightly through a continued commitment to sustainability becoming Mexico’s only platinum LEED-certified property.
Other ways in which Casa de las Olas delivers on its green promise include:
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