There are circa 20,000 hotels in the world who have embraced the policy of being eco-friendly and be.HOTEL is one of them.
ECO certified hotels are recognised for ensuring the environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural sustainability of hotels by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council as fully reflecting the GSTC criteria.
The scheme that was launched by the Malta Tourism Authority in 2002 today represents approximately 16% of hotel accommodation or 22 hotels.
Criteria such as sustainability management, waste management, Control of Chemicals, energy preservation and use of alternative energy sources, air quality, and water conservation come to mind when one thinks of eco-friendly hotels but the scope is wider than this and includes protection of the cultural heritage and natural surroundings and the promotion of such with tourists by better communication strategies. It also encourages properties to purchase local produce whenever possible and to provide such fare to foreign visitors.
In the end, eco-friendly embraces the world that we live in and all of earth’s resources so that these and the world heritage can continue to be enjoyed by future generations.
James Davis is the COO of Bay Street Group that operates be.HOTEL