The need to attract and satisfy increasingly sophisticate consumer segments in hospitality demanding all aspects of high product quality, especially the quality of environment
The competitive and PR/image advantages that flow from more sustainable practise
Investment in the maintenance of environmental resources for the same reasons that all businesses maintain and enhance their capital assets.
Place (or distribution)
What damage do hotels & restaurants do?
CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions
CFC ( chlorofluorocarbon) emissions
Noise, smoke, smells
Health of staff
Sale of souvenirs made from endangered species
Location of hotels in fragile locations
Kirk, D. (1997). Environmental Management for hotels
"Good environmental management is fully comparable with good business practise; Either protect the environment that is the basis of your industry, or have no industry to worry about."
Malaria, the world's largest killer, has resurfaced in Spain, and it is estimated that changes in climate will result in parts of the country becoming a suitable habitat for malaria-carrying species of mosquito by the 2020s. Source: WWF [PDF] An average golf course in a tropical country such as Thailand needs 1500kg of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides per year and uses as much water as 60,000 rural villagers. Source: Tourism Concern
The Wider Caribbean Region, stretching from Florida to French Guiana, receives 63,000 port calls from ships each year, and they generate 82,000 tons of garbage. About 77% of all ship waste comes from cruise vessels. The average cruise ship carries 600 crew members and 1,400 passengers. On average, passengers on a cruise ship each account for 3.5 kilograms of garbage daily - compared with the 0.8 kilograms each generated by the less well-endowed folk on shore. Source: Our Planet ,
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that of the seventeen major fisheries areas in the world, four are depleted and the other thirteen are either fished to capacity or overfished. Commercial marine fisheries in the United States discard up to 20 billion pounds of non-target fish each year-- twice the catch of desired commercial and recreational fishing combined. Source: Ocean Planet
There are 109 countries with coral reefs. In 90 of them reefs are being damaged by cruise ship anchors and sewage, by tourists breaking off chunks of coral, and by commercial harvesting for sale to tourists. One study of a cruise ship anchor dropped in a coral reef for one day found an area about half the size of a football field completely destroyed, and half again as much covered by rubble that died later. It was estimated that coral recovery would take fifty years. Source: Ocean Planet
Sustainable food products support the long-term maintenance of ecosystems and agriculture for future generations.
Organic agriculture prohibits the use of toxic synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, irradiation, sewage sludge, and genetic engineering.
Locally grown foods reduce the amount of pollution associated with transportation primarily by fossil fuels.
Plant-based foods require fewer natural resources and create less pollution per calorie consumed.
Source: GRA, Green Restaurants Association
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