Five steps to a successful towel and linen reuse scheme

Following several recent news stories about hotel approaches to towel and linen sustainability, here is a simple guide to getting it right. 1:  USE THE MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MATERIALS POSSIBLE W Hotels in North America have launched a new range of bed linen made from recycled plastic bottles. Early May saw the hotel launch the Ekocycle range of bedlinen, designed in a partnership between Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, and Coca Cola. Each king size Ekocycle sheet contains around 31 … [Read more...]

Which is more revolutionary – Airbnb or a caravan park?

The cover of Time magazine for February 9, 2015 is an article by Joel Stein called 'Tales From The Sharing Economy'. It looks at how various companies are disrupting entire sectors, from Uber for taxis to Yerdle for unwanted home goods. For tourism the big name here is Airbnb, founded in 2008, but already operating in 190 countries, with more than 425,000 people using it every night, and valued at more than $13 billion. Over the last month I have stayed in three Airbnb properties in Australia. … [Read more...]

Everyone working in responsible tourism can learn something from watching golf

Two very different events took place in Scotland last weekend with lessons for anyone working to develop responsible tourism. One was a gathering of activists and environmentalists for the New Story Summit at the Findhorn Foundation. The other was the biennial golf competition between USA and Europe known as the Ryder Cup. The purpose behind the Findhorn Summit is summed up on the event's homepage: 'If we do not create a positive, realistic picture of the future, we will not live into … [Read more...]

The secret of good tourism communications (or why I hate towel reuse schemes)

This time of year is very much awards season - the Golden Globes, the Baftas, the Oscars. And as of last year, the first award scheme in the hospitality industry to recognise which hotels have the most luxurious towels. The Fluffies - as these awards are known - is an award scheme with a hidden agenda. What it really is is a clever piece of marketing tourism communications by a cleaning product company, who organised the awards, decided which hotels won, sent out the press releases, and then … [Read more...]

Reviewing awarding winning Tourism and water conservation solutions

Today, Friday 27th September, is World Tourism Day and the theme is 'Tourism and Water: protecting our common future'. Water is also one of the key themes at World Responsible Tourism Day 2013. And this week, the five finalists for the Responsible Travel awards for 'Best for Water Conservation' were announced. Looking at the different companies that were shortlisted for this category - held for the first time this year to mark UN Year of Water Co-operation, what is remarkable is what different … [Read more...]