“Recipes to minimize your impact on the environment while saving costs.”
Reusable water bottles in hotel rooms, LEDs instead of incandescent light bulbs, composting restaurant leftovers… These are some examples of the 55 good practices gathered in the Eco-Guide for Hospitality Businesses & Schools. This “recipe book” is published by ASSET-H&C, a network of hospitality schools in Southeast Asia, and is geared towards restaurants, hotels and all tourism stakeholders willing to improve their environmental sustainability.
The COVID-19 crisis has been considered by many as a wake-up call for the industry. Time for deep social and environmental change has come, and the downtime in global tourism activities has offered a golden opportunity for such a change to happen.
COVID-19 has made travelers more aware of their impact on the environment and local communities. 53% of global travelers will be seeking more sustainable tourism products and services in the future, according to the Future of Travel Report by Booking.com*. Such growing demand for environmentally responsible tourism is more than just a trend; it represents a shift in customers’ awareness and a call for action on this global emergency. As a result, tourism providers are surely adapting, and soon services and products that respond to the demand and contribute to making a positive impact will become predominant.
To accompany them on this more sustainable pathway, ASSET-H&C provides accessible and easy guidance for tourism businesses to start taking action. As the Eco-Guide supports businesses in increasing their sustainability, it also helps them save costs and equips them with a distinctive advantage regarding consumer demand. It is accessible to everyone regardless of their technical background.
To foster an inclusive approach to sustainability and make this Eco-Guide for Hospitality Businesses and Schools accessible to a wider audience, it has now been translated to Burmese, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese.
* Booking.com. (2020) Smarter, Kinder, Safer: Booking.com Reveals Nine Predictions For The Future of Travel Retrieved from https://globalnews.booking.com/smarter-kinder-safer-bookingcom-reveals-nine-predictions-for-the-future-of-travel/