Tourism is defined as tourism attempting to have a low
impact on the environment and local
culture, and helping to generate future employment for local people. The aim of
sustainable tourism is to ensure that development brings a positive experience
for local people, tourism companies and the tourists themselves.
It is high time to adopt sustainable practices which
has become a necessity rather than a choice for the Tourism Industry of our
country, especially after what the global economic downturn has taught us by
visibly demonstrating how drastically the tourism industry can be affected with
any negative alteration in the economic, environmental or social scenarios
occurring worldwide. The sustainable practices into travel, tourism and
hospitality sector will not only help to remain competitive in the tourism
market, but also to achieve the much needed harmony between the industry, the
host community and the natural and manmade attractions that together makes a
Many hotels are taking the lead and are actually
demonstrating the power of adopting sustainable practices through various ways.
They have shared their success story with us -
Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa hotel
Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa hotel
located in 27 acres of dense forest area with 7763 no. of trees. The hotel site retains the greenery with 7 acres
landscaping development and that are taken care by a squad of 20 gardeners. A
single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime, shade
provided by trees also reduces our air conditioning unit’s consumption as the
temperature is low. Energy-saving light bulbs last around ten times longer than
ordinary light bulbs- over 10,000 hours
and covered 60 % with the LED lightings.
We have In-house
dry garbage segregation system with its recycling process work along with in-house organic waste converters machine which are converted
the kitchen food waste into the manure which we are using for our in house tree
plantation. In-house Effluent treatment
and sewage treatment plant with bio-logical process in place and 0
discharge of the waste water from the property. Storm water management are constructed with the rain water
catchment recharge system to include recharge our open wells and harvesting
system are in place which we are using rain water ½ of the year. We are doing Waste Water treatment in our Sewage treatment plant and the treated
water used for our landscape irrigation by high-efficient irrigation
technology. The VOC levels in all interior paints & coatings,
anti-corrosive & anti-rust paints, clear wood finishes, floor coatings,
stains & primers do not exceed the VOC limits, the materials used are eco
–friendly. We are using the low flow water aerators for our guest areas as well
as back of the house wash rooms which are reduction in the consumption of day
to day water use.
We have our own organic farm where our vegetables are
grown and used for dishes at Kiyan (our all day dining restaurant). The hotel
have more than a 100 trees and plants that has been uncut and present within
the hotel premises even before the hotel was built. We even have recycled and
harvest rain water and use solar energy as well.
In Africa, Elewana properties work with the local
communities to directly protect massive areas of habitat, extending already
huge National Parks for the wildlife
- model we are moving to Cambodia for our joint venture Cardamom Tented Camp on a 180
sq.km that we have been protecting for the past five years.
Hostilic approach to Reef Protection, relying in the
expertise of Coral Reef, exemplifies
our approach: not only protecting the area to which our guests have access in
order to maintain its beauty and protect a tourism asset but also involving the
local community in protection to have an income, education to ensure the kids
understand what’s at stake and also making methodologies publicly available to
allow other companies in similar situations to replicate and further develop
the work thereby protecting ever greater areas of the planet.
by Sheraton Hotel - Bangkok
The Hotel Meeting packages are supporting a healthier
planet, this will also help you meet your sustainability goals by supporting in
the below ways:
We are using whiteboards instead of flipcharts.
Environmentally friendly non-paper suppliers or a smaller selections if
notepaper on a station instead of individual note pads. Non-paper resources
such as LED signage in front of meeting rooms. We don’t use paper coasters on
table. We turn off the air conditioning during lunch break of the staff. We
have eco friendly alternatives to conventional bottled water along with
filtered water station at the back of the room instead of water bottles.
Conclusion - Enjoy your travel but respect the
environment; many understood that Sustainable Tourism leads to Sustainable
Development. In this way Hoteliers and Resorts pledged to contribute locally
and work on with a purpose to promote more sustainable development.