Whitbread joins the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

UK: Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn as well as a range of pub and restaurant brands, has joined the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

UK: Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn as well as a range of pub and restaurant brands, has joined the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

Through its sustainability programme ‘Force for Good’, Whitbread is aiming to have a positive impact on its guests and the environment. 

To deliver this vision, the company has set long-term strategic targets, including reaching net zero by 2040, eliminating unnecessary single-use plastic by 2025 and cutting food waste by 50 per cent by 2030. 

Whitbread owns and operates the majority of its properties with over 800 hotels and 400 restaurants in the UK and a growing footprint in Germany.

By becoming part of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, Whitbread is joining a global network which represents almost 40 per cent of the industry by rooms and brings the hospitality industry together with strategic and supply chain partners to work collectively on issues affecting the planet and its people.

Glenn Mandziuk, CEO of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, said: “We are delighted to welcome Whitbread into our growing membership. Their prominence in the UK market, combined with their strong focus on their people, local communities and the environment, will bring valuable insight and practical expertise to our community of responsible hospitality leaders. By working together as an industry, we can ensure that we are giving back to society and local destinations, and make net positive hospitality a reality.”

Rosana Elias, head of sustainability at Whitbread said: “We’re incredibly pleased to be joining the Alliance. ESG is a really important area of focus and we’re clear that by working together with our peers, innovating and collaborating, we will all stand a better chance of driving forward positive change. We’re delighted to continue our work in this area as part of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and support the move towards a net positive hospitality industry”.

room2 unveils anti Black Friday video

UK: room2, the world’s first fully whole life net zero hometel, has released a video calling for people to look after our home, the Earth.

UK: room2, the world’s first fully whole life net zero hometel, has released a video calling for people to look after our home, the Earth.

The campaign aims to encourage the public to reflect on the impact that Black Friday has on the environment. 

Through an emotive video, which you can see on Youtube here, room2 asks the world to protect its home, spend wisely, and buy consciously because it’s the only home we’ve got. 

The video was directed by award-winning director, Alfie Dale, and features a little girl talking to her unborn sibling about the world we live in and how we are risking destroying it for future generations.  

room2’s co-founder, Robert Godwin said: “We love Alfie’s approach and the fact that he holds a real understanding of our brand and the values we are looking to promote. The responsibility falls on all of us to build a more sustainable future and collaborating with Alfie has helped us convey this important message in a way that makes the viewer think, feel and we hope act, at this key time of consumption.”

Last year, British Black Friday online sales alone emitted over 386,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, the equivalent of 215,778 return flights between London and Sydney, and the same weight as 3,679 blue whales. To try and reduce this, room2 hometels are asking the public to think about the impact these purchases have before buying.

Recognising the importance in educating the younger generation on these topics, room2 will be supporting ClimateEd, a charity which offers free education to children on climate change and carbon literacy, empowering them to take action and understand the effects of our actions. 

As part of this partnership, and to help limit the effects of Black Friday purchases this year, room2 will be donating 50 per cent  of all bookings made with the code GREENFRIDAY on November 25th, to the charity.

Image is a still from the YouTube video.

Full list of winners from European Sustainable Tourism Awards

UK: The Winners of the European Sustainable Tourism Awards have been announced.

UK: The Winners of the European Sustainable Tourism Awards have been announced.

The GrINN Awards, which are run by Quartz Hotels, invited the public to vote for their favourite out of 50 categories with the final say by the expert judging panel.

Alexander Zawadzki, organiser of the GrINN Awards said: “We are very happy with the outcome of the awards, as our main goal is to promote sustainability and we have achieved it in many countries of Europe. The response and help from the audience and accommodation providers have been astonishing. 
We hope that their example can inspire others and together we can create a more sustainable tourism industry. We invite all accommodation providers that are making efforts towards sustainability to apply to our next edition”.

Jury member, Lidiia Tkachenko added: I am impressed by the sustainability progress all participants have made and continue pursuing in order to achieve sustainability goals and make a positive impact on our planet and society”. 

Here is the full list of the award winners:

Best Luxury Eco Accommodation: El Jardín de las Delizias, Spain (Pictured)

Best sustainable progress: Miluna Open Nature Rooms, Spain

Best Eco-friendly Travel App: Treeapp

Europe’s Leading Sustainable Travel Brand: Book Eco Hotels

Europe’s Leading Sustainable Travel Blog: Brainy Backpackers

Europe’s Leading Sustainable: Travel Influencer Linn Haglund, Brainy Backpackers

Most sustainable Travel Metasearch: Kayak

Most sustainable OTA: Select Green Hotels

Most sustainable Travel Startup: Miluna Open Nature Rooms, Spain

Most Sustainable Female Entrepreneur: Tiffany Belle Harper, Belleva House, England

Most Sustainable Male Entrepreneur: Ángel Bonilla, Hotel Sostenible La Laguna, Spain

Best Sustainable Initiative: Kaj Hotel, Denmark

Best Local Gastronomy: Francisco Rodríguez Mora, The Sun Inn Lydiard, England

Best Sustainable Hotel, United Kingdom: The 25 Boutique B&B, England

Best Sustainable Hotel, Seaside: Kalesma Mykonos, Greece

Best Sustainable Hotel, City: Stow-Away Waterloo, England

Best Sustainable Hotel, Rural: Alma Calma Hotel Rural, Spain

Best Sustainable Hotel, Mountain: Cork Valley Pod Houses Toledo, Spain

Best Sustainable Resort: Blue Dream Hotel | Greece

Best reforestation initiative: Miluna Open Nature Rooms, Spain

Best sustainable accommodation, Central Europe: Hotel Gilbert, Austria

Best sustainable accommodation, Eastern Europe: Ursa Mica Glamping Resort, Romania

Best sustainable accommodation, Northern Europe: Varanger Lodge, Norway

Best sustainable accommodation, Southeast Europe: Blue Dream Hotel, Greece

Best sustainable accommodation, Southern Europe: Cipresso e Pietra, Italy

Best sustainable accommodation, Western Europe: ahead burghotel, Germany

Best sustainable accommodation, Southwest Europe: Hotel Bosque Mar, Spain

Best sustainable accommodation, Turkey: Trendy Lara Hotel, Turkey

Best sustainable Villa, Europe: La Casa del Alfarero, Spain

Best sustainable Hostel, Europe: Urban Garden Hostel, Portugal

Best sustainable Apartment, Europe: Daphne’s Club Hotel Apartments, Greece

Best sustainable 5* Hotel, Europe: Domaine des Etangs, France

Best sustainable 4* Hotel, Europe: The Twelve Hotel, Ireland

Best sustainable 3* Hotel, Europe: Hotel Bosque Mar Spain

Best sustainable 2* Hotel, Europe: Chalet Saint-Barthélemy Hotel, Italy

Best sustainable Aparthotel, Europe: Stow-Away Waterloo, England

Best sustainable accommodation, Spain: Los Lirios Hotel Rural, Spain

Best sustainable accommodation, Croatia: Treehouse Resnice -Mrežnica, Croatia

Best sustainable accommodation, Greece: Ouzas Luxury Hotel, Greece

Best sustainable accommodation, Italy: Naturhotel Leitlhof, Italy

Best sustainable accommodation, Netherlands: BOAT&CO, Netherlands

Best sustainable accommodation, England: The Paddock Wildcamp, England

Best sustainable accommodation, Scotland: Langridge Highland Home, Scotland

Best sustainable accommodation, Northern Ireland: Finn Lough, Northern Ireland

Best sustainable accommodation, Wales: Larkhill Tipis and Yurts, Wales

Best sustainable accommodation, Ireland: Inch House Ireland, Ireland

Best Sustainable & Original Accommodation, Europe: Quinta do Rapozinho, Portugal

Best Nature Accommodation: Glendoria, Poland

Best Responsible Accommodation Project: Ursa Mica Glamping Resort, Romania

Best Sustainable Tourism Leader: Alina Marinescu, Ursa Mică Glamping Resort, Romania

Along with main Sponsor MEWS, Sustainable Hotel News supported the awards for: Best Luxury Eco Accommodation, Best Sustainable Accommodation – Scotland, Best Sustainable Accommodation – Wales.

Image: El Jardín de las Delizias, Spain winner of Best Luxury Eco Accommodation:

Zeal Hotels submits plans for sustainable Devon hotel

UK: Zeal Hotels has submitted plans for a sustainable hotel in East Devon.

UK: Zeal Hotels has submitted plans for a sustainable hotel in East Devon.

The group hopes to gain permission and start work onsite in Exeter Science Park, next year with an expected opening for mid 2024. 

Tim Wheeldon, managing director, Zeal Hotels said: “The 13-year dream is quickly becoming a reality. We are nearing the end of the planning journey for our first hotel and anticipate being able to begin the build early next year. East Devon District Council have been incredibly helpful, working with us to bring this project to life.” 

The 140-room hotel is aiming for a minimum BREEAM rating of Excellent, with a target of Outstanding. It will feature meeting rooms, a restaurant, bar, gym, gardens, and EV charging points.

Wheeldon added: “Demand for truly sustainable hotels has never been more pressing. COP 27 will continue to highlight the issues facing us and will serve to remind us that action and global consensus is what’s needed & now.Approximately 80 per cent of the hotel stock we will have in 2050 has already been built and the hospitality industry has to reduce its carbon emissions by 66 per cent on 2019 levels by 2030.”

The property will be the first of a number of sustainable hotels Zeal Hotels plans to open across the UK.

Established in 2012, Zeal Hotels has the specific aim of acquiring strategic hotel sites, developing the hotels and maintaining ownership of the assets. Motivated to reduce a hotel’s carbon emissions through the construction process, as well as operations, Zeal Hotels has launched a new brand, targeting net zero carbon, with the first UK site in the process of acquisition and is seeking further development opportunities.

Sustainable Hotel News recently reported about the Dorset hotel, The Green House Hotel, which claims to be the most eco friendly hotel in the UK.

Booking.com introduces new badges and levels for green accommodation 

AMSTERDAM: Leading digital travel platform Booking.com has announced an array of new product features in celebration of the one year anniversary of its Travel Sustainable Programme.

AMSTERDAM: Leading digital travel platform Booking.com has announced an array of new product features in celebration of the one year anniversary of its Travel Sustainable Programme.

Introduced in 2021 to provide travellers with transparent and credible information to make more mindful choices for their trips, the aim has been to recognise the efforts of a wide range of accommodation to operate more sustainably.

Booking.com also hopes to provide travellers with consistent and easy-to-understand information so they can make more informed sustainable choices.

To celebrate the first year the company is now introducing three distinct badge levels to the Travel Sustainable programme.

Aligned to the principle that reputable, third-party certification remains the gold standard in the industry, the new levels to the Travel Sustainable programme provide better visibility and recognition for currently uncertified properties that are taking steps to operate more responsibly, with regards to their impact on the environment and their local community. 

The levels help illustrate a clearer pathway for accommodations to work towards eventual certification, especially those that might be at an earlier stage in their sustainability journey. The aim is to also help encourage and incentivize more accommodations to continue making progress towards that goal.

For travellers, the new badge levels have been designed to show where different accommodations are at on their individual sustainability journeys, as well as the specific measures they are implementing.

Hopefully it will make it easier for travellers to see those that have made outstanding commitments and investments on this front to achieve one of more than 40 recognized ecolabels and certifications.

The new badge levels for Travel Sustainable are as follows:

Level 1: This new entry-level designation for the Travel Sustainable badge indicates that a property has implemented some impactful sustainability practices. This Level 1 badge will soon show up with one leaf and includes a full display of all practices that have been implemented.

Level 2: Accommodations receiving the Level 2 version of the Travel Sustainable badge have made considerable investments and efforts to implement impactful sustainability practices. The Level 2 badge will soon show up with two leaves and includes a full display of all practices that have been implemented.Level 3: The Level 3 Travel Sustainable badge is reserved for those accommodations that have made large investments and efforts to implement impactful sustainability practices, but have not yet achieved an official third-party certification yet. The Level 3 badge will soon show up with three leaves and includes a full display of all practices that have been implemented.

Earlier this year we reported on Booking.com’s survey which said more than half of UK travellers want to stay in green hotels.

You can read more about the Travel Sustainable Programme here.