For the last 10 years the hotel industry has been striving to become more sustainable and meet the customers demand for holiday experiences where they can relax safely knowing they are not harming the planet. A recent study conducted by TripAdvisor suggests that eco-friendly hotels are growing in popularity, as 57 percent of travellers make eco-friendly decisions when travelling, for example by choosing “green hotels”. According to a study done by Timetric, it was also found that 47 percent of business travellers prefer environmental friendly hotels.
The rise of focus on finding solutions to environmental issues among hoteliers is good news as the hotel industry for long has been among the worst when it comes to rate of water consumption and use of consumable goods and energy.
As one of the fastest industry sector contributing to the economy of increasing international tourist arrivals and revenue, creating employments, and generating foreign exchange inflow, they contribute in generating great amount of solid waste pollution to the environment.
How can hoteliers manage to make their hotels more eco friendly?
When first taking environmental issues into consideration, reducing waste, especially plastic, is a good move. Hoteliers should also strive to decrease their energy consumption, particularly reducing water waste and water consumption. In addition, hoteliers may consider providing their guests with more vegetarian alternatives. Using chemicals of low environmental strain is also convenient.
Both hotels and guest will experience benefits when being more environmentally aware.
- Firstly, by listening to and satisfying guests respecting the idea of conserving the environment, your hotel will gain competitive advantage over other hotels.
- You may also lower your operating costs considerably by implementing environment friendly practices.
- Further, you can provide your guests and employees with a natural and healthier living and workplace.
- Finally, highlighting the environmental friendly practices, you can market your hotels in a new, innovative and unique way to differentiate your hotels from other hotels.
Environmental awareness is worth striving for
The environment is an essential value for Fácil as we aim to work with sustainable hotels and to encourage hoteliers to reduce their hotel’s carbon footprints. For instance, by using Fácil you access your room via the app, hence there is no need for a plastic card.
This matters as every year an average of 12 000 cards gets lost every year per hotel, in which means a waste of 1300 tons worldwide every year. In addition, cards are expensive.
Let’s look at it this way; hotels have an average of 200 rooms. When 12 000 plastic cards get lost every year, and the production of every card release 12 grams of Co2, that is equivalent to 240 kilograms of Co2 per hotel every year. In a broader picture, with 225 000 hotels worldwide, the Co2 released from plastic cards alone is equivalent to 54 000 TONS per year.
Furthermore, hotels have a common procedure of making guest fill out a registration paper in order to collect guest information, like name, address, email, date of birth etc. By using registration papers hotels are wasting enormous amounts of paper.
The environmental impact of paper production is significant as it damages the environment from beginning to end. First, a tree is cut down, and then it’s burned – emitting Co2 in the atmosphere. Additionally, the production of paper uses lots of water.
With the Facil-app, the need for both plastic cards and registration papers is excluded completely. Not only do you save time and money, but also the environment. In other words, the hotel industry plays an important role in consumption, and may make a significant difference in terms of preserving the environment.
Despite hotelier’s efforts in taking steps to minimize the amount of solid waste generated, it is still one of the major challenges being faced. Managing these waste pollution will contribute to the long-term sustainability of both the tourism sector and environment itself.