The Green Hotels and Responsible Tourism Initiative in partnership with http://www.hotelscombined.com/ prepared an educational resource to help hoteliers learn about the benefits of going green.This document provides a step-by-step guide and best practice examples on operating your property in the most sustainable way possible, increasing both customer and employee satisfaction. You will learn how to green your hotel so you can save money, reduce waste and operate more efficiently.
At the heart of sustainability is a purpose to ensure your business's growth into the future as well as strengthening your local community and the conservation of the environment that we all depend on. Develop an action plan to outline specific sustainability goals for your business.
Be a role model of sustainable behaviour for your employees and industry. Differentiating yourself as a recognized leader in sustainable practices can help you increase your market share. Determine where you are and where you must go to meet your sustainability goals by using this Sustainable Tourism - Self Assessment Tool.
A growing body of evidence suggests that integrating sustainable practices into your business - whether in the areas of heating, lighting, water usage, landscaping or printing -will ultimately reduce your operating costs. A green strategy will also attract the fast-growing market of discerning travellers seeking authentically sustainable experiences and services. This Green Your Business Toolkit is stocked with user-friendly, accessible and practical tips. Undertake as many or as few of the suggestions as your time and resources allow.
The Greening Festivals and Events Guide offers a very good overview of key questions every festival and event should be asking themselves in developing a sustainability strategy.
What does "sustainable tourism" really mean? How can it be measured and credibly demonstrated in order to build consumer confidence, promote efficiency, and fight false claims? The Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria are an effort to come to a common understanding of sustainable tourism, and will be the minimum that any tourism business should aspire to reach. Although the criteria are initially intended for use by the accommodation and tour operation sectors, they have applicability to the entire tourism industry.
The vision and mission of the Canadian tourism industry are guided by a set of ethics and guidelines that relate to the benefits of adopting sustainable tourism practices.