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2017 has been designated as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. According to the World Tourism Organization website, "this decision follows the recognition by global leaders at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) that "well-designed and well-managed tourism" can contribute to the three dimensions of sustainable development, to job creation and to trade." Sustainable tourism development requires commitment - participation from ALL stakeholders, with...

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With many hotels participating in programs around World Water Day, Earth Day, and Earth Hour every year, it is important to recognize efforts that the hospitality industry makes to conserve and ensure their footprint on the environment is as small as possible. However, it is JUST as important to ensure that these efforts take place year round, not just leading up to their designated days. Here...

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In 2015, WWF’s Earth Hour grew to become the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment. While the global lights out initiative remains a fantastic visual call-out, its true impact is starting to be seen in areas and communities fighting climate change on an everyday basis. Here are some stats: 172 participating countries and territories in 2015; 1400+ of the world’s iconic landmarks were switched off...

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With the 2016 Hotel Association of Canada Conference rapidly approaching, we wanted to take this opportunity to recognize two outstanding facilities who will be awarded our Green Key Energy & Environment Award; and our Green Key Meetings Award respectively. We encourage you to do so as well! The Green Key Energy & Environment Award goes to Pemberton Valley Lodge this year. Pemberton Valley Lodge has achieved...

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