Green Hotels & Responsible Tourism Initiative

How To Increase Your Bottom Line By Going Green

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Introduction

Tourism is recognized as one of the world's largest industries and continues to expand at a rapid rate (UNWTO 2006). Over 922 million people travelled in 2008 and it is estimated international tourism will increase to 1.1 billion by 2020 (UNWTO 2008). Tourism is also a profitable economic endeavor, making it an economically enticing industry and a form of development for many countries around the world. However, the benefits of tourism are often accompanied by many negative environmental and social impacts. These include:

  • revenue leakage from the community,
  • air noise and water pollution,
  • degradation and depletion of natural resources,
  • biodiversity loss,
  • labor issues,
  • encroachment and overbuilding

(Theobald 1998; Bohdanowicz 2005; Dodds 2005; Graci 2009).

The hotel industry forms a large part of the tourism industry and if not managed properly, it has the potential to be detrimental to the social and natural environments within which it functions. Hotels are also resource intensive and in order to reduce their impact, it is imperative to go "green!"

Many greening initiatives are not expensive to implement and provide substantial benefits to the business!

This guide is written to help you learn about the many benefits which can be harnessed from being green, as well as provide you with a step-by-step guide and best practice examples on operating your property in the most sustainable way possible.

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