Recently I read about the lessons learned from experiencing a pandemic. The devastating COVID-19 pointed out the impacts that tourism causes to the environment. After a drastic off-season of travels the planet was breathing. For a statistics view, we only have to take a look at the data from the World Tourism Organization, estimating that 5% of global carbon dioxide comes from hospitality.
Knowing this, sustainability and respecting the environment is not only a trend, it is essential in all that has to be considered when developing business in tourism. That is why inversionist and leaders of the industry should go the extra mile to design new hospitality models tied to sustainability, not leaving behind comfort and luxury.
I’ve been reading about the ones making it happen and the Svart stands out. Projected as the most sustainable hotel in the world. Will open doors in Norway in 2023. Svart is a 500 millions euro investment with a 7% estimated annual return to the inversionist that join the innovative concept. If you are asking yourself how sustainable will it really be, let me tell you that 85% of annual energy consumption will be saved and also will collect enough solar energy to cover all hotel operations – Transportation included- to complete the building.
Closer to me, in the Dominican Republic, the development of sustainable luxury tourism located in Miches is happening because of a LEED certification, setting a new model for turistic building in a country currently in evolution of constructions for corporations, malls, and residentials following these guidelines.
The path to sustainability in hospitality is real and increasing as we can see more hotels and tourism accommodations joining, establishing regulations or new ones adapting from the start. Looking to get the perfect eco friendly method offering innovative design and top class services at the same time. If you’re thinking about investing in hospitality I’ll finish letting you know this: Booking.com the travel digital platform, published in 2019 an annual report about sustainable tourism, proving that 72% of travelers rather make plans for environmentally sustainable trips to protect the planet.