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European Parliament adopts Directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information

Apr 16, 2014 The European Parliament has voted in favour of amendments to European accounting legislation in order to require certain large companies to provide additional information on social and environmental matters. These companies will have to disclose information on policies, risks and results as regards environmental matters, social and employee-related aspects, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery issues, and diversity on the boards of directors. The amendments had been proposed by the European...

Sustainability and Strategy Highlight Top Reports from Cornell Center for Hospitality Research

thaca, NY — An analysis of survival tactics for economic recession and a direct test of hotel guests’ responses to sustainability efforts are the winning reports in the 2014 Industry Relevance Award competition for the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR). The winning reports are “Successful Tactics for Surviving an Economic Downturn: Results from an International Study,” by Sheryl E. Kimes, and “Hotel Guests’ Reactions to Guest Room Sustainability Initiatives,” by Alex M. Susskind and...

Is your hotel following a sustainable strategy?

Is your hotel following a sustainable strategy? Time to make your hotel healthier, and more sustainable in terms of environment, social and economic terms. Ask msolutions how to do it….   In the following video by tuitravelplc, Johan Lundgren, Deputy Chief Executive, explains why sustainability is important to the travel industry and how it is fundamentally embedded within TUI Travel’s strategy.   To view the video, go to http://www.tuitravelplc.com/news-views/viewpoint Source: http://www.tuitravelplc.com/news-views/viewpoint...

SPAIN: A WORLDWIDE LEADER IN ACCESSIBLE TOURISM PROMOTION

There are lots of things that will make a city and its particular holidaymaker destinations available to people with physical disabilities. First of all factor is really a barrier free airport and transport system that is certainly suitable for people who have movement disabilities. In pursuit of advertising accessible tourism, several major cities already went through a plenty of tweaks and changes. Spain is unquestionably one of the best examples, because government takes positive steps...

Essen, Ljubljana, Nijmegen, Oslo and Umeå shortlisted for European Green Capital 2016 !!!

Essen, Ljubljana, Nijmegen, Oslo and Umeå have been shortlisted from 12 entries across Europe to proceed to the next stage of the European Green Capital 2016 Award, organised by the European Commission. View the press release here. The shortlisted cities will now proceed to present their vision, their potential to act as a role model to other cities, and their communication strategy to the Jury in Copenhagen on 23rd June 2014. The final result, the European Green Capital 2016, will...

Adopting to climate change – New report leak: worse than we thought: climate change and tourism plan b needed

The report says emissions are running at the high end of projections. Concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere are likely to break the 450ppm threshold by 2030. It adds that current pledges by governments made at climate summits in Copenhagen and Cancun currently exceed this cautionary limit. The share of clean energy sources needs to triple or even quadruple by 2050, relative to 2010, the final draft explains. Delaying emissions reductions beyond 2030 will increase...

Sustainable Hotels Earn Higher Guest Ratings, Says Cornell Study

Hotels that have earned the ISO 14001 certification had higher guest satisfaction scores than those with no such certification, according to a study published by the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR). The study, which surveyed guests at 6,850 hotels in Spain, found that 4-star hotels particularly benefited from higher guest satisfaction scores when they held the ISO environmental management certification. The study, “Environmental Management Certification (ISO 14001): Effects on Hotel Guest Reviews,” is available at no...

IPCC report on climate impacts: “It’s time to get serious”

The United Nations scientific panel on climate change today presented its latest report on the impacts of climate change, society’s vulnerability to them, and the capacity and limits to adapt to the changing climate. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report finds clear evidence that climate change is already having substantial and widespread impacts today but says strong and urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can reduce the risk of such impacts in the...

Sustainable tourism: 10 key issues investors should consider

by Isabelle Cabie Guardian Professional, Thursday 3 April 2014 07.00 BST @ http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/sustainable-tourism-10-key-issues-investors   A socially responsible investment (SRI) investor is constantly balancing the potential profitability of an organisation against how sustainable and responsible its business model is. When it comes to the tourism sector, this makes for a complex investment strategy. The tourism sector is heterogeneous and segmented, encompassing catering, hotels and resorts, and travel services. However, there are common issues that affect the whole sector. Trends...

The disruptive potential of solar power

Article by McKinsey Quarterly The economics of solar power are improving. It is a far more cost-competitive power source today than it was in the mid-2000s, when installations and manufacturing were taking off, subsidies were generous, and investors were piling in. Consumption continued rising even as the MAC Global Solar Energy Index fell by 50 percent between 2011 and the end of 2013, a period when dozens of solar companies went bankrupt, shut down, or changed...

IS TRIPADVISOR’S GREENLEADER SCHEME A GAME CHANGER? YES AND NO.

Yes – because it offers a way in which businesses confident in their green credentials can reach a broader consumer market. No for four important reasons: You need to be very confident as a business to make explicit statements about you green credentials if you are to risk claims for refunds by consumers who feel you’ve not delivered as promised. Being identified on TripAdvisor as having made claims which cannot be substantiated will be painful....

Sustainable tourism is an instrument to ‘protect nature and alleviate poverty’

The eighth international Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD8) conference takes place in Manchester on April 3-5. Elise Allart, sustainable tourism manager at the Dutch tour operator TUI Nederland, is among the speakers at the event. She will be delivering a keynote speech on April 4 on the responsibilities of tour operators in ensuring child protection. She took time out of her busy schedule to speak with Blue & Green Tomorrow. What does TUI Nederland do? TUI Nederland is...

EU’s eco-management scheme shows positive long-term impacts

Standards for environmental management, such as EMAS and ISO 14001, aim to help organisations become more sustainable, but they have received little evaluation. A new Italian study is the first to quantitatively compare the impacts of these two standards. Its results suggest that EMAS’s stipulation that organisations must report their ongoing performance may bring sustained environmental benefits in the longer term. There has been a rise in the use of environmental management systems to assess,...

Global hospitality insights 2014

The global hospitality sector entered 2013 with a strong appetite for growth. Building on momentum gained in the prior year, renewed investor confidence and pent-up demand for trades propelled growth within the global lodging sector, fueling an increase in transaction activity and worldwide improvements in hotel operations. Opportunities After years of facing constrained capital budgets, hotel owners refocused investment in their portfolios to maximize growth in occupancy and rate. Across the globe, significant improvements in...

ISO 14001 helps meet legal requirements and improve environmental performance but new version should take a broader perspective – users say

A recent survey of the environmental management system standard ISO 14001 covering its future content and its current benefits, which received over 5 000 responses, found that it is particularly useful in meeting legal requirements and improving environmental performance. However, a clearer focus on preventing pollution, eco-efficiency and life-cycle thinking should be provided in the next version of the standard. The survey had responses from organizations of various sizes in 110 countries – a majority...

About the European strategy for coastal and maritime tourism

What is coastal and maritime tourism? Coastal tourism includes beach-based tourism and recreation activities (e.g. swimming, surfing, etc.), and other recreation activities in coastal areas (e.g. aquariums). Maritime tourism covers water-based activities (e.g. boating, yachting, cruising, nautical sports) and includes operations of landside facilities (chartering, manufacturing of equipment and services). In geographical terms coastal areas are defined as those bordering the sea or having at least half of their territory within 10km of the coast.1 Coastal...

A European strategy to promote coastal and maritime tourism

The European Commission has  presented its new strategy to support coastal and maritime tourism in Europe. Recognising the sector’s potential for sustainable growth and job creation, the strategy outlines 14 actions to help coastal regions and businesses tackle the challenges they face and strengthen the sector’s position as a key driver of Europe’s blue economy. Despite its undoubted potential, the sector faces a number of challenges which the strategy seeks to address. These include gaps...

A new gastronomy portal from EU – http://www.tastingeurope.com/

There is no more delicious way to experience the soul of European culture, history and traditions than through its food. As you travel through Europe, you will find numerous gastronomic fairs, festivals and trails to taste the unique local products and dishes. Are you planning your holidays in Europe and are keen to know which food fairs and festivals will be around? A new gastronomic portal, which went online today, enables visitors to do just that....

Why improved beach management is important to hotel businesses and tour operators?

– Because it’s the right thing to do for coastal tourism (corporate and social responsibility); – Reputation and brand value; – Commercial advantage for beach fronted hotels; – Identifies beach risks to help hotels with tailor made actions; – Protects the tourism “product” of beach/nearshore waters. MSOLUTIONS and SUSTAINABLE SEAS in the UK have created a partnership to develop CLEANBLUE for hotels and public beaches in Europe and further afield. With med-coast possessing some of Europe’s finest...

Tourism expected to grow again in 2014, led by strong domestic and European demand

Tourism has been one of the strongholds of European economy during the recent economic crisis, and according to the results of the new Eurobarometer survey, the positive trend will continue in 2014. Only 11% of Europeans expect not to go away on holiday in 2014 because of the current economic situation, according to the results of the latest Eurobarometer survey on preferences of Europeans towards tourism published today. Four in ten Europeans plan to spend their...