ECOTELS IN HOTEL INDUSTRYEco HotelEco hotel is a hotel or accommodation that has made important environmental improvements to itsstructure in order to minimize its impact on the environment. The basic definition of a green hotel is anenvironmentally responsible lodging that follows the practices of green living. These hotels have to becertified green by an independent third-party or by the state they are located in. Traditionally, these hotelswere mostly presented as Eco Lodges because of their location, often in jungles, and their design inspiredby the use of traditional building methods applied by skilled local craftsmen in areas, such as CostaRica and Indonesia.Today, eco hotels also include properties in less "natural" locations that haveinvested in improving their "green" credentials.
CriteriaAn eco hotel must usually meet the following criteria: Dependence on the natural environment Ecological sustainability Proven contribution to conservation Provision of environmental training programs Incorporation of cultural considerations Provision of an economic return to the local community
CharacteristicsGreen hotels follow strict green guidelines to ensure that their guests are staying in a safe, non-toxicand energy-efficient accommodation. Here are some basic characteristics of a green hotel: Housekeeping uses non-toxic cleaning agents and laundry detergent 100% organic cotton sheets, towels and mattresses Non-smoking environment Renewable energy sources like solar or wind energy Bulk organic soap and amenities instead of individual packages to reduce waste Guest room and hotel lobby recycling bins Towel and sheet re-use (guests can tell housekeeping to leave these slightly used items to reduce water consumption) Energy-efficient lighting On-site transportation with green vehicles Serve organic and local-grown food Non-disposable dishes Offers a fresh-air exchange system Graywater recycling, which is the reuse of kitchen, bath and laundry water for garden and landscaping Newspaper recycling program
The term has been used on a more regular basis as new websites devoted to the subject become more prominent and hotel owners become more interested in protecting the areas their guests have come to visit.New properties are being built from sustainable resources–tropical hardwoods, local stone–and designed to better blend in with their environment. In addition, they are also being run on eco-friendly principles, such as serving organic or locally grown food or using natural cooling as opposed to air conditioning. THE UPPAL HOTEL NEW DELHI THE LEELA MUMBAI
Ecolabelling of hotels in EuropeThe EU Ecolabel is an official sign of the environmental quality of services and goods in the EuropeanUnion (EU) that is both certified by an independent organisation and valid throughout the manymember States of the European Union.Any tourism accommodation operator in the EU - from a large hotel chain to a small farmhouse hasbeen able to apply for the European Eco-label since 2003. The operators must meet strict minimumstandards with regard to environmental performance and health standards. These should include theuse of renewable energy sources, an overall reduction in energy and water consumption, measures toreduce waste, environmental policy setting and the provision of non-smoking areas.The first eco-labelled hotel in the European Union was the Sunwing Resort Kallithea, located inRhodes, Greece in 2003 and the first eco-labelled hotel on the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal)was the Hotel Jardim Atlântico on the Portuguese island of Madeira.
Hotels Adopt Eco-Friendly Practices Survey finds hotels are turning up the green and becoming more eco–friendly. The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation and Smith Travel Research 2008 Lodging Survey reports that an increasing number of hotels are participating in green initiatives. A total of 10,350 hotels participated in the survey, which found: • 67 percent offer linen/towel reuse programs. This program is most common in upscale and upper-upscale properties (both at 94 percent participation). • 46 percent said they offer a program to minimize water consumption. Luxury hotels (78 percent) are most likely to offer this type of program, and midscale hotels without food and beverage are least likely (24 percent). Spb Paradise Bangkok Thailand News from hoteliers is eco-friendlyHotel PURE GREEN, a subsidiary of Oriens Travel & Hotel Management, represents small andmedium-size green-certified hotels in Costa Rica and Central America… Threeof Kimpton’s boutique properties in Chicago—the Hotel Allegro, Hotel Burnham and Hotel Monaco—received Green Seal certification… Marriott International began replacing 24 million plastic keycards in the U.S. with those made of 50 percent recycled material, saving 66 tons of plastic frombeing dumped in a landfills.
HISTORY of ECOTELECOTEL® was developed by HVS in association with the Rocky MountainInstitute, USA with the help of engineering and hospitality experts.Conceptualized in 1994 by HVS - the world’s leading consulting and servicesorganization focused on the hotel, restaurant, shared ownership, gaming, andleisure industries - ECOTEL was a pioneering program specific to hospitality. Atthat time, the zen for environment-friendly operations in hospitality was a novelconcept, which has since become far more common as greener practices are fastdefining global workplaces. More recently and particularly in the past five years,more and more global brands in the lodging industry are discovering ‘green’ andcoming out openly in support of the same.The ECOTEL program, initially headed out of HVS’s New York office, was verywell received when it started and more than 30 hotels in the USA, SouthAmerica and Japan became members. Over time, the program shifted its base toIndia where it has seen steady growth.ECOTEL, TODAY…Since the compendium of international knowledge related to global warming, caring forthe environment, and saving the planet has increased dramatically in the last decade, itwas time too for ECOTEL - an environmental certification for the hospitality industry - toreinvent itself. Under the aegis of HVS Eco Services, an established industry expert inSouth Asia, ECOTEL is once again poised to make a seminal contribution to globalhospitality. Listed below are some changes that ECOTEL has undergone to make itselfcurrent: The ECOTEL methodology, which evaluates a hotel’s environmental readiness through five crucial parameters, known as ‘The Five Globes’, remains the same. However, new standards have been built into each of these globes, reflecting scientific and technological advances and international treaties and thoughts. Qualifying for certification entails scoring a minimum qualifying percentage in each of the five globes and satisfying the primary criteria or features considered essential to being an ECOTEL in all five globes. Previously, it was mandatory to qualify in at least two of the five globes. The website itself has been redesigned, with a reservation system introduced for member hotels that will enable them to gain enhanced visibility through the ECOTEL website and also access to other marketing features. A training programme is in the offing with a view to enable transfer of knowledge to prospective/member hotels to facilitate green operations.ECOTEL VISION AND MISSIONECOTEL assists hotels in setting standards in environmental best practices, which in turnhelps them cut back on operating costs and increases their overall competitiveness.ECOTELs mission is "to enable hotels to achieve a strategic and economic advantage
through environment-friendly operations, systems and processes while positivelyimpacting their local communities.” ECOTEL aims to do this through its certification andtraining workshops, which empower hotel communities to improve their standardswithout compromising the environment.