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Andreas Koch

Managing Director at blueContec GmbH

Andreas Koch

Andreas Koch headed the Quality and Environmental Management as well as the Product Development and Hotel Consulting department at TUI Germany (13 years). Building on this experience, he cofounded the touristic sustainability initiative Futouris (www.futouris.org) and represented this initiative as chairman of the board for six years. Since 2012 he advises as Managing Director and co-founder of blueContec GmbH (https://www.bluecontec.com/) hotels and tourythm (https://www.tourythm.com/), tourist companies and regions worldwide going to align with the topic of sustainability. In 2021, the new bluecontec initiative "tourythm" started as an invitation to all tourism stakeholders to consciously shape the restart after the crisis based on the principles of sustainability and the empowerment of all involved actors.

Insights by Andreas Koch (4)

Hospitality Supply Chains: Massive footprint or a force of good?

Indeed, supply chains and procurement practices were under der radar for very long. Interestingly, this pandemic showed how interconnected we are: Any major event on the other side of the world is influencing our business/destination and the other way round.

Driving Resiliency and Sustainability in Hospitality: Five Priorities for 2021

This crisis includes a question to all of us. Namely the question, as it is posted here, how we all want to move into the future. Resiliency and sustainability are the buzz words in any strategic discussion, but for me, even these concepts jump too short.

Hygiene and Sustainability: How to make both work?

Hygiene is self-speaking at the top of the agenda in these times. The target – and many hotels started to follow it – was so far to find the best possible balance between fulfilling all legal obligation (like international Health & Safety or Food Safety Standards) and avoiding the potential negative impacts for employees, guests, and the environment without increasing the respective operational cost.

How can sustainability be communicated beyond clichés and greenwashing?

Communicating sustainability is often done first, but it's actually the last stop on the journey to the destination sustainability. Being sustainable comes before communicating sustainability if you want to avoid the greenwashing trap.
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