Green Hotels

“Going Green” has become standard practice in a high percentage of hotels and other hospitality facilities. It’s the right thing to do. But it can also create the positive public relations and opinion of your brand that you are looking for. It’s a win-win. But marketing your green initiatives can be tricky. You have to market them smart, without sounding like you are bragging, but also...

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Water conservation is nothing new.  Many organizations in this space have encouraged hotels to conserve water for years – we even wrote about it for World Water Day last year.  We have seen many hotels update their fixtures to ensure that they have reduced flow and flush in their bathrooms, and some are even recycling rainwater, but have you thought about taking it to the...

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The year is 2008. The economic downturn has hit, and the Super 8 in Ukiah, California, is struggling. The challenge was that not as many people were traveling, and the owner, Raakesh Patel needed to get creative to keep his doors open. Other hotels opened nearby in the time that followed – Marriott’s, Hampton Inn’s, those that were “affordable” without being considered a truly “budget” property....

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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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