Going for green! – Accommodation Owners’ Survey 2011
Another strong trend that surfaced in the Accommodation Owners’ survey was that properties are getting greener. An impressive 70.4% of respondents are planning on introducing programs to reduce their business’s impact on the environment in 2011. This is good news as it is definitely something that is becoming a lot more important to travellers. In fact, in a TripAdvisor consumer poll, 51% of participants said they would pay more for an environmentally progressive hotel in order to help support sustainable tourism.
What can you do to make your property greener?
Here are a few suggestions from Global Stewards’ list of sustainable solutions for green hotels:
• Linen reuse programs – you can give your guests the option of reusing their towels and sheets to save energy and water.
• Install low-flow showerheads and sink aerators and switch to low-flow toilets. These reduce the flow of water without reducing pressure, saving both energy and water.
• Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs and install sensors or timers for low traffic areas.
• Educate your staff to turn off lights and turn down heating/air conditioning in unoccupied rooms
• Provide recycling baskets in guestrooms.
• Make sure there are recycling bins in the public areas both front and back of house.
• Use nontoxic cleaning products that won’t damage the environment.
For more suggestions see Global Stewards
Who’s gone green
Major brands have already opted to make a difference by adopting sustainable practices. Some examples are Accor which, with its Earth Guest policy, has committed to “growing the well-being of the earth’s populations and to preserving the planet’s resources”, IHG has developed Green Engage, a group-wide online sustainability management system, Hilton has LightStay, a proprietary system of measurement that calculates sustainability performance impact across its portfolio of hotels and Hyatt, as part of its Hyatt Earth program, has created dedicated green teams to act as local “green” ambassadors.
Click here to see the full Accommodation Owners’ Survey results