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Green check-in: strategies for hotels to adopt and promote sustainability

Hotels, as key players in the tourism sector, have a unique opportunity to lead by example and contribute to a greener, more sustainable future.

As environmental awareness gains momentum, the hospitality industry is acknowledging the need to integrate sustainability into its practices. In this blog post, we will explore five ways in which hotels can participate in the global effort towards sustainability.

1. Energy efficiency

One of the most impactful ways for hotels to reduce their environmental footprint is by prioritizing energy efficiency. Implementing energy-saving technologies, such as LED lighting, motion sensors, and smart thermostats, can significantly decrease energy consumption.

sustainability blog 1Additionally, investing in renewable energy sources, such as solar panels, can help hotels generate clean energy and reduce their reliance on non-renewable resources.

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2. Waste reduction and recycling

Hotels generate significant daily waste, from single-use toiletries to food packaging. To minimize the environmental impact, hotels can implement robust recycling programs and reduce single-use plasticsPartnering with local organizations to donate leftover food contributes to waste reduction and social responsibility.

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3. Water conservation

Addressing global water scarcity, hotels can install water-efficient fixtures, encourage guests to reuse towels and linens, and implement rainwater harvesting systems to contribute to water conservation efforts.

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4. Sustainable sourcing

Choosing sustainable and locally sourced products, from linens to toiletries and furniture, can support local economies and reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation.

sustainability blog 4Certifications like Fair Trade or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) guide hotels in selecting environmentally responsible suppliers.

5. Contactless smart technology

The pandemic accelerated the adoption of contactless technology, now a permanent aspect of the hospitality industry. To meet guest expectations for a seamless experience, including mobile check-ins and touchless payments, hotels must adopt the latest technology.

Smart technology, such as chatbots and AI, is reshaping the industry by providing personalized assistance, while features like facial recognition and smart hotel rooms connected through the Internet of Things revolutionize guest experiences.

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Let’s not overlook the necessity of a Cloud-based Channel Manager for online distribution in today’s landscape.

In the quest for a sustainable future, hotels play a pivotal role in setting a positive example for both guests and industry peers. By embracing energy-efficient technologies, reducing waste, conserving water, sourcing responsibly, engaging with communities, and adopting eco-friendly infrastructure, hotels can contribute significantly to global sustainability efforts. It’s time for the hospitality industry to make a conscious “green check-in” and pave the way for a more sustainable and responsible future.

Tags: energy efficiency, green, sustainability, Sustainable sourcing, water conservation

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STAAH is a New Zealand-based technology company that specialises in cloud-based channel management and booking engine for accommodation providers helping them maximise their online revenue. Founded by Gavin Jeddo in 2008, a pioneer in the field of distribution technology, STAAH’s industry-leading technology powers a property’s distribution through online travel agencies (OTA) and direct bookings. STAAH partners with over 19000+ properties across 90 countries through its operations in New Zealand, Australia, India, UAE, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Middle East, UK and Europe.

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