Sustainable Travel

 A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SUSTAINABLE & REGENERATIVE TRAVEL

 The World Tourism Organization defines sustainable travel as the “management of all resources in such a way that economic, social, and aesthetic needs can be fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity, and life support systems.”

 

Now let’s talk about regenerative travel! This concept refers to the act of leaving a place better than it was before you arrived. For a journey to be truly regenerative, it must contribute to the wellbeing of the land, animals and humans of that place. The regenerative travel experience isn’t just about lowering your carbon footprint or buying local, it is about actively improving the social or environmental conditions of the place you’re visiting.

 

 

A NEW KIND OF TRAVEL

Eco Hotels & Resorts’ (EHR) main goal is to make sustainable travel the norm and not the exception, that is why we take best practices so seriously. 

 

In order to be a member hotel of Eco Hotels & Resorts we have created a set of sustainability standards that each hotel must follow to be part of our collection. Having in mind the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) standards, we have created 12 pillars that rule our standards in order to become a more sustainable and effective community.

 

As proud members of the GSTC we are actively participating in promoting sustainability as a common goal for travel and tourism. We are a global community that contributes to creating a positive impact in the world and ensuring that destinations and businesses become encouraged and capacitated to pursue sustainable tourism development through the latest news and innovations. 

EHR's 12 IMPACT PILLARS

At Eco Hotels & Resorts we base our sustainability critiria in 12 different pillars. Every hotel or resort in our collection is commited to each of these pillars, focusing not only in not damaging the environment but in regenerating it

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Equality

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Regeneration

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Community

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Energy

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Education

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Heritage

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Design

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Justice & Legislation

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Wellness

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Food

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Water

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Waste

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR 12 IMPACT PILLARS

ENERGY

Using clean, renewable energy is one of the most important actions to reduce our impact on climate change and the environment. That is why our member hotels have a conservation system in place and use renewable energy on their daily operations, minimizing their impact on the environment.

 

COMMUNITY

 

Our member hotels are deeply involved with their local communities, most of their employees are locals or from nearby towns/cities/villages. They support them by providing access to employment, community engagement programs, education initiatives, financial support and health services. The goal is to make local communities prosper, grow and improve by working together with them. 

REGENERATION

 

Our member hotels play an active role in restoring their natural surrounding ecosystems and landscapes by focusing their efforts on reforestation, wildlife protection, replanting native fauna, conservation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. 

EQUALITY

 

Our member hotels give an equal opportunity to local residents, including managerial positions without any discrimation of any kind. They deeply care about their employees which is why their labour rights are respected, offer them fair wages and provide them with a safe and secure working environment..

WASTE

 

All of our member hoteles are ruled by the 4 Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. They all have their own waste management system in place which is an important element of environmental protection. 

 

FOOD

 

Our member hotels have their own greenhouse where they grow their own food when possible. If the food can’t be grown in the hotel they buy local to support the community’s supply chain. Leftover food is used to feed local animals or turned into compost, but it is never wasted

HERITAGE

 

Conserving, maintaining and respecting cultural beliefs, practices and heritage while visiting a new place is one of the core principles we have at EHR. All of our member hotels are committed to honor, respect and conserve local culture and its traditions. 

WATER

 

Water is one of the most wasted resources in the hotel industry, that is why our member hotels use their own plants to treat water with filtration and cleaning techniques, they use the treated water for irrigation. To minimize water consumption they implement modern equipment and/or on site water wells. In addition, the beachfront hotels follow ocean conservation plans to reduce marine pollution, protect and restore ecosystems, and conserve coastal and marine areas.

EDUCATION 

 

At EHR we are committed to educate in sustainable travel that is why our member hotels offer sustainability tours, signaling all their sustainability efforts. In addition, the hotels are also committed to supporting local education and training in sustainable practices.

WELLNESS

 

Sustainability isn’t just about the health and the well-being of the planet; it’s about the health and well-being of people. That’s why our member hotels provide guests with super natural and organic products that are often made on the property, such as soaps, shampoos, creams  and all spa products.

JUSTICE & LEGISLATION

 

Justice & legislation promotes the strategic and integrated management, use and development of natural resources. Our member hotels are committed to following strict policies against commercial, sexual or any other form of exploitation or harassment in order to push hotels to improve and have a long term sustainability management system.

DESIGN

 

Our member hotels use mainly sustainable, natural and local materials in their construction. Their decorations help the ambience feel the local culture with elements of traditional and contemporary culture incorporated in their design. Whenever possible old buildings are maintained, local artists and artisans supported, always respecting the intellectual property rights of local communities.