Make Hotels Greener
A new campaign to help Cyprus hotels improve their sustainability and reduce the negative impacts of tourism on the island was launched by UK sustainable tourism charity the Travel Foundation together with the Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative (CSTI) at the PASYDIXE conference on Friday 27 January in Nicosia.
Travel Foundation Trustee, Travelife Director and ABTA Executive John de Vial spoke about the opportunity sustainability offered to hotels, in both cutting operational costs and safeguarding Cyprus’ future as a world-class destination.
He said: Following a period of economic slowdown across Europe, and predictions of further financial turmoil ahead, there has never been a more critical time to act. Tourism-dependent businesses must ensure they are as lean and competitive as possible, while constantly improving the experience they offer to visitors.
Participating hotels will receive regular communications full of practical tips and advice on how to implement sustainable practices to benefit their business and the wider destination, as well as access to free tools and events.
The initiative is the latest in a series of Travel Foundation / CSTI projects in Cyprus that support a five-year destination partnership with the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO). The partnership aims to integrate sustainable principles into all aspects of tourism in Cyprus using a variety of means including the introduction of minimum standards for sustainability.
How it works?
It’s simple, sustainable tourism is good for business; It reduces costs, safeguards essential resources, increases your appeal to UK tour operators and offers better experiences to guests. It can also help you achieve green certification.
The Travel Foundation can help you take effective action on sustainable tourism; to benefit your business and help keep Cyprus a favourite destination, for years to come.
- Access our free Greener Accommodations guide. It will help you reduce energy and water usage, as well as waste- and make the most of local suppliers. It’s easy to use and available in English and Greek. If you are seeking Travelife sustainability certification, visit www.travelife.org and click ‘getting started in sustainability’.
- Join our Forum – get up-to-date news on the Travel Foundation’s Make Hotels Greener activities; including events, bulletins and case studies.
Protect your business – follow our simple steps for a more sustainable and profitable future.
We will be sending you regular updates on Make Hotels Greener during 2012 and will be asking you to let us know about your activities and results – we will feature the most successful hotels in our UK promotions to tour operators, giving you very valuable PR.
The Travel Foundation is a UK-based charity that is helping the travel industry to take effective action on sustainable tourism. We work with the Cyprus Sustainable tourism Initiative (CSTI) and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO). Visit www.thetravelfoundation.org.uk for more information.
Endorsed by: CTO, CHA, ACTE, CHMA
Supported by: TUI UK and IRELAND, COSMOS, THOMAS COOK, SUNVIL UK