Interview with: Stephen Farrant, Director, International Tourism Partnership, a speaker at the marcus evans EMEA Hospitality Summit 2013, on why staff engagement in a hotel business matters.
Interview with: Stephen Farrant,
Director, International Tourism
“Enhancing the sustainability of your
hotel business will give you a
competitive advantage if you do it right.
That starts with staff engagement and
seeing it as a question of continual
improvement,” says Stephen Farrant,
Director, International Tourism
Partnership. “Hospitality is a people
business. It is about interactions
between people on the ground. That is
where the brand promise is delivered.
Staff engagement is critical for finding
innovative solutions,” he goes on to say.
A speaker at the marcus evans EMEA
Hospitality Summit 2013, in
Montreux, Switzerland, 11 - 13
November, Farrant talks about the
market for environmentally and socially
responsible products and services in the
hotel and tourism industry, and how
hotels can gain a competitive advantage
by better engaging staff.
What is the market potential for
products and services in the
tourism and hospitality industry?
Will this be a long-term trend?
It is absolutely the beginning of a long-
term trend. We are already seeing signs
of that, particularly in the corporate
marketplace. In the B2B procurement
market, major companies, organisations
and national governments are beginning
to factor environmental and social
impact into their commercial decision-
If a company has to report on its carbon
footprint, it will consider how and where
it hosts conferences and where its
employees stay on business travel.
The International Tourism Partnership,
working with the World Travel and
Tourism Council, has brought all the
leading hotel companies together to
design and deliver a consistent and
standardised way of measuring and
reporting the carbon impact of overnight
stays, conferences and events.
Corporate customers today are asking
for credible, consistent and comparable
information on carbon, energy, water,
waste, and a range of other
environmental and social metrics.
What is the business case for “going
green”? How can hotels ensure a
Effective utilisation of scare resources
brings about cost efficiencies and
savings, especially as some resources
become more expensive. However, the
bigger argument is about building a
competitive advantage to drive revenue.
Companies that are genuinely acting in
a responsible manner will see higher
valuations, as the financial and
investment community’s focus on ESG
parameters begins to directly impact
The competition for talent, the ability to
recruit and retain the brightest and
most motivated staff is another reason.
The company’s ability to speak credibly
about its sustainability credentials will
increasingly make a difference.
Companies can only deliver profitability
over the medium-term if they are also
delivering a responsible approach to
business, environmentally and socially.
The revenue generating opportunities
come from the enhanced perception of
the company, making customers feel
good and by retaining the very best
Why is staff engagement critical?
Staff must be motivated and productive
in this business. They must be happy to
turn up for work every day.
Sustainability is a journey of continual
improvement and finding new solutions
to challenges. Staff must be engaged
and motivated to help deliver on that.
Ultimately, sustainability will not be
achieved through grand strategies that
are cooked up at the head office, but by
the workforce on the ground. They must
be motivated to deliver the brand
promise and customer experience.
is a journey
How Hotel Staff Influence its
Environmental and Social Profile
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experience, driving ROI, adopting the latest design trends and integrating green
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