Green Initiatives Grow in the Travel Industry



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Guest post by Sam Marquit

Around the world there are more and more initiatives toward addressing ecological concerns. Many of these green initiatives are growing in the travel industry worldwide. The programs are stepping beyond the basic preservation of natural habitats, moving toward creating entire infrastructures that operate on sustainability principles.


The EU has committed itself to working toward greater integration of green practices by engaging with Eco-Initiative. Eco-Initiative-Europe works toward crossing the gap between ecological research and conceptualization and putting workable green solutions and products into the marketplace. The Initiative also aims at using the green innovations as the means of aiding economic growth. By encouraging methods of recycling, by advocating using sustainable building products, by championing practices for greater water use efficiency, the Eco-Initiative is helping to “green” businesses, including the travel industry.


In addition to these green programs, green structures continue to be built. The Midtown Manhattan boutique hotel, Ink48, serves as a shining example of a business in the travel industry that has embraced green concerns. While the hotel offers its guests wide views of the Hudson River, it also provides luxurious yet eco-friendly services. It features green cleaning products, recycling procedures, water conservation practices, as well as organic foods for the guests. Ink48 takes advantage of innovations in green technology, and actively encourages staff and patrons to consider sustainability issues when they plan travel and business meetings in the hotel’s facilities.


Where Ink48 operates on a boutique scale, the Palazzo Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas does so in grand, flashy Vegas style. Recently named the “Most Eco-Friendly Hotel in America,” from top to bottom the Palazzo integrates green concerns to its operations. Water recycling and conservation is practiced through the facility, from water conserving plumbing fixtures to drip irrigation of its gardens. Carpets, wall paints, sealants, and adhesives used in the building are all sustainable. Contributing to the management’s active practices in keeping the air quality of the facility at the healthiest level possible.


For the ecologically minded citizen, the leadership demonstrated in the travel industry by hotels such as Ink48 and the Palazzo show the benefits of applying green innovations to everyday situations. Many new green Las Vegas hotels are especially catching on. It is possible to maintain quality service at a luxury level and yet also operate in environmentally sound ways. Conservation of water does not mean deprivation of water. Use of eco-friendly materials, both in construction and maintenance, does not mean that substandard results will follow.


Sam Marquit shares practices for sustainable building and can be found at Fair Marquit Value.

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