Today, sustainable tourism is more important than ever. It is a growing trend that is slowly becoming a moral imperative in all industries, especially in the hospitality sector and hotel industry. Travelers today are more conscious than ever, more focused on environmental concerns and they look carefully where they spend their money and which types of businesses they support. According to the data from 2017. presented on Booking.com almost 65% of global travelers expressed their intent to support and stay only in eco-friendly accommodation. The Blue Kotor Bay is designed with sustainability at its forefront and during the adaptation process much effort was used to create a safe environment which satisfies the needs of different kinds of guests. We used only the best materials and placed a special emphasis on the protection of the environment and long-term sustainability.
To accomplish the goal of sustainability and eco-friendliness, hotels and other types of accommodations follow a set of universally accepted best practices and initiatives. Some examples are:
Hotels are big electricity consumers. To combat this problem, initiatives are being taken to reduce the consumption of electricity. This is accomplished by investing in new lighting systems, using A-category bulbs or LED lamps that deliver almost 80% more energy savings than conventional bulbs. Also, hotels are investing in modern boilers, kitchen equipment, and automated energy management systems.
If we take into consideration that today, one in nine people lacks access to clean drinking water, it becomes crystal clear why water conservation is important, especially in the hospitality industry where large quantities of water are spent every day to provide guests with the expected comfort and level of service. But, water conservation doesn’t mean that we must compromise on comfort and luxury to achieve it. It only means that we must be smarter in ways we use water. Hotels can lower their water consumption by installing low-flow faucets, water-saving showerheads, or switching from traditional washing machines to low-water washing machines.
Many hotels are already offering guests custom amenities, but hotels that aim to sustainability take it even a step further by offering guests essential oil-based products and other types of bioproducts made without preservatives and artificial ingredients that are bad for the health and the environment.
Hotels that take sustainability seriously avoid using any GMO products in their menus and embrace organic produce labeled with recognized certifications, hormone-free meats, and dairy products. Also, the menus are diverse and offer healthier food selections for guests with different preferences. This also includes special menus catered to vegans and vegetarians.
Hotel food and beverage programs that aim at sustainability put great emphasis on local products, fresh, seasonal produce, and other products made locally. By choosing local producers, hotels help local economies, save money, and help reduce the CO2 emissions caused by long transportation of foods. Hotels that shift their menus on local foods and authentic dishes offer guests a better experience of connecting with local culture, national gastronomy, and locations in general.
A growing trend in the Spa industry is the integration of a unique brand and resort signature treatments that feature local authentic ingredients and natural and organic products. In this way, the guests can truly connect to the destination they visit and experience it in a more personal and authentic way.
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