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.