The importance of traveling to Sustainable Hotels
Staying in a hotel is usually a treat and a great experience, when people book a room in a hotel they seek to get the most out of it. Long hot showers, room service, unlimited TV, temperature controlled at the touch of a button and so much more. Tourism is usually considered to be a great factor in a region’s economy, it brings prosperity, provides employment opportunities etc.
But have you ever wondered about the environmental impact staying in a hotel has? When tourism becomes unsustainable in nature it can have disastrous consequences in the environment. Each tourist emits between 10 and 102 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2) for each night that they spend in a hotel, depending on the climate, type of room and size of hotel. According to Sustainable Travel International tourism is responsible for 8% of the world’s carbon emissions. From plane flights and boat rides to souvenirs and lodging, various activities contribute to tourism’s carbon footprint. The majority of this footprint is emitted by visitors from high-income countries, with U.S. travelers at the top of the list. As the number of people who can afford to travel grows, so will tourism’s environmental footprint.
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Eco-friendly travel has been around for decades, but as consumer’s interest in sustainability has grown in the past few years so has green tourism. Today’s tourists prefer destinations that take initiatives to protect and preserve the environment. Global warming has become a key factor in people being more eco-conscious as well as the pandemic. In the past years people have become more aware and have witnessed our planet changing and how fragile our environment is, and the critical impact each of us has on it. Travelers are choosing eco-friendly alternatives that will help them reduce their carbon footprint. They believe in traveling in a more responsible and moral way.
What makes a hotel sustainable?
Sustainable hotels are those that try to reduce the consumption of natural resources, energy expenses, impact on the region and much more. They are designed in order to respect the environment and the area where they are located. Also, they try to fit in the area and help the local community by consuming only local products and services. This way, not only nature but also society is benefited.
While no hotel can change the course of global warming on their own, every little bit helps. For this reason, sustainability should be more than just a trend but a way of operating for hotels in today’s market. For a hotel to be considered sustainable it must fulfill the following trends and initiatives:
- Water conservation
- Contribute to the community’s development
- Energy conservation (low consumption illumination, renewable energies)
- Waste reduction
- Using organic materials on their items
- Promoting consumption of local and ecologic food products
- Sustainable transportation
- Respecting natural surroundings
- Choosing cleaning products wisely with minimum impact on the environment
- Promoting sustainable tourism
This way of travelling is also known as sustainable tourism. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) defines it as a “development [which] meets the needs of present tourists and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunity for the future. It is envisaged as leading to management of all resources in such a way that economic, social, and aesthetic needs can be fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity, and life support system.
A New Kind of Travel
Eco Hotels & Resorts is a company focusing on boosting sustainable travel by gathering up a collection of the best sustainable hotels around the world. Their whole focus is sustainability which is why they are mindful of only selecting super natural, organic experiences that have long term positive impact on the environment and the communities surrounding them.
All of their member hotels and resorts contribute to the betterment of the world by integrating sustainable practices into their core principles. Their mission is to incentivize an ongoing global movement to increase environmental awareness and to make people around the world more conscious about the choices they make when they travel.
Sustainable hotels try to have as little impact in the world as possible. This is their main motto. For them to succeed in this mission would mean that the planet, as we know it today, would live for many years and would be a better place for future generations.
So what are you waiting for? It’s our turn to help our planet and re-discover the new way of traveling!
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