Net positive hospitality at heart of sustainable partnership

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and the Considerate Group have teamed up to help advance net positive hospitality.

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and the Considerate Group have teamed up to help advance net positive hospitality.

The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (the Alliance), the leading network for responsible hospitality, and sustainable advisory firm, Considerate Group, have announced an agreement to support the hospitality industry to become measurably more sustainable. 

Alliance CEO Glenn Mandziuk and Considerate Group Managing Partner & CSO Xenia zu Hohenlohe met with His Majesty King Charles III at a reception at Buckingham Palace, which was also attended by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Global CEOs and politicians also attended.

The agreement will represent the hospitality industry as part of a co-ordinated private sector effort to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future. 

Both organisations have a strong focus on impact monitoring and reporting, and aim to innovate measurement tools to better support and deliver services to the hospitality industry.

The Alliance recently updated its global methodology and tool for carbon measurement, the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI), as well as offering water and waste measurement resources. 

HCMI is now being used by over 30,000 hotels worldwide including those of Hyatt, Marriott International and Radisson Hotel Group, as well as being recognised by business travel platforms, Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Index (CHSB), and business associations.

Considerate Group’s Con-Serve data-monitoring platform enables hospitality clients to measure resource consumption and broader ESG metrics including electricity, heat, water, waste, food miles, business travel and volunteer hours and aligns to the HCMI. The Considerate Group’s tailor-made, hands-on consultancy services also helps hospitality businesses to set and achieve their sustainability goals. 

Glenn Mandziuk, CEO, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, said: “We have a history of collaboration with the Considerate Group and I am hugely positive about the momentous projects that we are leading together. This partnership will support the advancement of Net Positive Hospitality through research, development and promotion, and together we’ll drive industry action on biodiversity, climate change and other leading issues.”

Xenia zu Hohenlohe, Considerate group managing partner & CSO, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be partnering with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, as such a highly recognised organisation with a truly international reach. Their solid frameworks set guiding principles which the entire industry can follow. This collaboration will help us drive the much-needed change in our sector and achieve goals the entire planet needs, as well as focusing on creating a positive impact for hospitality businesses.”

Greenview partners with Sustainable Hospitality Alliance 

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and Greenview have become partners to advance sustainability across the hotel industry.

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and Greenview have become partners to advance sustainability across the hotel industry.

The two have signed a cooperation agreement which will combine the Alliance’s industry leadership, and sector-specific experience, with Greenview’s expertise in sustainability programmes and data management.

The idea is that the partnership will help with creating innovative tools and initiatives to support the industry to work towards Net Positive Hospitality.

The two have worked together before with the development of the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) – which enables hotels to measure the carbon footprint of stays, meetings and events. 

Glenn Mandziuk, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance CEO, said: “If we are to progress towards net positive hospitality, it is essential that hotels, partners and clients have access to reliable tools to understand the impact of the industry. Having worked collaboratively with Greenview to develop pioneering tools for a number of years, this new agreement will ensure that any and all hotels around the world are able to measure their impact and help create alignment in order to drive significant progress.”

The recently updated HCMI tool is applicable to all hotels, no matter their size, amenities, or experience in carbon reporting, and is now used by over 30,000 hotels worldwide. 

As the only industry-recognised carbon calculation methodology for over ten years, HCMI provides consistent, transparent, and globally comparable data, enabling hotels to inform buyer decision-making and track their carbon reduction progress. The tool is used in the Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking index (CHSB), the largest industry initiative of its kind which enables hotels and their customers to benchmark sustainability performance.

Greenview and the Alliance have also worked together to create the Hotel Destination Water Risk Index and build the Hotel Water Measurement Initiative, as well as collaborating with Tourism Declares, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) to create the Net Zero Methodology.

By working in collaboration with the hospitality industry, alongside expert partners, the Alliance strives to help hotels understand their relationship with the planet and its inhabitants and take crucial steps towards a more regenerative hospitality industry that gives back more than it takes.

Eric Ricaurte, Greenview Founder and CEO, said: “As ESG reporting becomes increasingly essential for companies around the world, we are proud to be working alongside the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance to ensure hotels and their networks have access to the latest tools and initiatives. Through this joined up approach we aim to facilitate hotels to not only keep track of their impact, but also understand and communicate their progression towards a more sustainable future.”

Image from Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

Six Senses Hotels & Resorts to open sustainability focused resort in Grand Bahama 

BAHAMAS: Six Senses Hotels & Resorts has announced the development of a resort on Grand Bahama with sustainability at its heart.

BAHAMAS: Six Senses Hotels & Resorts has announced the development of a resort on Grand Bahama with sustainability at its heart.

The resort will offer 45 waterfront villas on the beach and future access to a marina. There will be a restaurant, boathouse and pool bar as well as an “Experience Center” with artist studios, relaxed meeting spaces, a fitness centre, and a Six Senses Spa. 

Six Senses CEO Neil Jacobs said: “We’re eager to reflect the authenticity of Bahamian lifestyle, culture, and landscape through organic pathways and architectural design to create a community blended with our signature ethos of wellness, sustainability, crafted guest experiences, and emotional hospitality.”

The sustainable aspects of the development include using units, which are modular and prefabricated to minimise on-site impacts. 

Designed by architects 3XN, founder Kim Herforth Nielson said: “This is a great opportunity to investigate new construction methods and define a specific and new approach to sustainability in The Bahamas – both for the buildings and to respect the exceptional local nature.”

The village will have one of the Six Senses Earth Lab’s (Earth Lab serves as a place dedicated to engagement and innovation. This is where the group communicates the work happening on and off site at each of its properties. It also displays consumption data including water, energy and waste).

The resort will also be home to a Marine Research and Dive Center, which will focus on driving coastal resilience, native plantings, and land restoration. 

The development and investment team, led by Weller Development Partners and Pegasus Capital Advisors, has a proven track record of environmental sustainability and a reputation for delivering transformative projects. 

Founding partner and president of Weller Development Partners, Marc Weller said, “We are dedicated to ensuring that our developments have a positive social impact on surrounding communities. Our team uses sustainable practices that reduce our carbon footprint, establish resilient and healthy communities, and preserve our natural environment. We want to build trust and work with the people of Grand Bahama to achieve their priorities and realise the potential of this amazing island.”

Founder and CEO of Pegasus Capital Advisers Craig Cogut said: “Our aim is always to create nature-based solutions and sustainable infrastructure while generating social and environmental outcomes that are intentional, material, and scalable.”

Pegasus Capital Advisors specialises in investments in sustainable ocean production, eco-tourism, and infrastructure.

Grand Bahama is the gateway to The Bahamas and a short flight to and from South Florida. Six Senses Grand Bahama is slated to open in 2026.

Other Six Senses eco friendly projects include the announcement of its Net Zero hotel in Norway and its Sustainability Camp aimed at teenagers, in the Maldives.

Image credit: Six Senses Hotels and Resorts

Marriott wins sustainability award for Asia Pacific hotels

ASIA PACIFIC: Marriott International in Asia Pacific has won an award for Best Sustainable Hotel Chain.

ASIA PACIFIC: Marriott International in Asia Pacific has won an award for Best Sustainable Hotel Chain.

The hotel chain was presented with the M&C Asia Stella Award for Best Sustainable Hotel Chain – Marriott International Asia Pacific. The M&C Asia Stella Awards honour the meetings industry in Asia Pacific.

Rajeev Menon, president – Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China), Marriott International said: “We are delighted to receive these industry awards, each one in recognition of our efforts and commitment to leading and shaping the future of travel. This is only made possible by the dedication and support of our associates, guests, owners, and partners. With travel gradually returning, we look forward to delivering exceptional guest experiences for travellers as they return to stay with us.”

Some of Marriott’s initiatives include its Serve 360 platform, which launched in 2017, and offers a framework to help guide and track the hotel group’s sustainability and social impact up to 2025. The platform’s ESG goals are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Marriott International has also committed to reach net zero no later than 2050. As well as creating positive practices such as reduced single use plastic, reducing food and water waste, guests at Marriott can also be part of the Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy programme, which allows them to make a positive impact on their travels.

The Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy programme is available at nearly 100 hotels in Asia Pacific, and guests can be part of experiences, which are based on its three key pillars: Environmental Protection, Community Engagement and Marine Conservation.

To read more about sustainable meeting spaces and convention centres the parent company of the M&C Stella Awards, Northstar, has published a guide here.

Bloomberg’s study finds sustainability important factor for future traveller behaviour

US: Bloomberg Media has published its Now Boarding: The Global Traveller’s Outlook study revealing current and future travel sentiments and behaviours.

US: Bloomberg Media has published its Now Boarding: The Global Traveller’s Outlook study revealing current and future travel sentiments and behaviours.

The study surveyed 1,456 affluent leisure and business travellers aged 25 to 65 years old, across China, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Australia, UK, France, Germany, UAE, Saudi Arabia and the US. 

The study found that across APAC sustainable travel will play a key role in travel planning, with two thirds of travellers willing to pay more for sustainable travel options offered by airlines or accommodation.

The results also showed 80 per cent of travellers treat sustainability as an important factor especially those in US and APAC. In fact, 85 per cent of APAC travellers and 80 per cent of American travellers said sustainable travel will play a key role in planning their trips. The respondents noted they wanted brands which use renewable energy/resources and are committed to reducing their carbon footprint.

More than 50 per cent of those travellers in APAC are willing to pay more for sustainable travel options offered by airlines or accommodation, while 60 per cent of respondents from Europe, the Middle East and Africa are also willing to pay more. According to the study, half of UK travellers are willing to pay more for sustainable options in airlines and hotel bookings. This is similar to Booking.com’s findings in its 2022 sustainability report, released earlier this year.

“Blesiure” travel is one trend which is full force and one of the top travel trends for those surveyed, with 45 per cent opting to sightsee or extended their trip while travelling for business. This impacts on sustainable trends as it may mean taking fewer flights and choosing extended stay accommodation, which is generally seen as a more sustainable choice as there are fewer public areas to heat and light.

Michelle Lynn, global head of data and insights for Bloomberg Media said: “COVID-19 changed the way the world views and experiences travel now. With Now Boarding, we were interested in finding out how the pandemic has specifically changed traveller’s outlook, including a deep dive into the areas of concern and the benefits they now seek from travel operators, airlines, and hotels.”

Image from Bloomberg’s Now Boarding summary.