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Sustainability in Hospitality

The Sustainability in Hospitality Panel is about exploring ideas, solutions and strategies required by the industry facing increased environmental and societal challenges. Since sustainability cover a wide-range of topics, the panel is supported by experts across many fields – food, energy, water, waste, facilities, communication, social, strategy. The goal is to have sustainability anchored more than ever into the hospitality conversation and decision-making.
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Willy Legrand

Professor of Hospitality Management at the IUBH International University

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Recent Viewpoints (8)

The Future of Sustainability Certification: Micro-Certification?

Over the past 20 years, the hospitality industry has experienced a continuous increase in various 'stamps of approval', especially at the sustainable front. A few large certification bodies with extensive criteria catalogues dominate the market but hoteliers and consumers alike are still struggling to differentiate the reputable and credible ones from the home-made seals of approval.

Hygiene and Sustainability: How to make both work?

Just when it seemed as if single-use plastics were slowly becoming a thing of the past, COVID-19 hit the industry. The second half of 2019 had seen more and more industry leaders making public pledges to abandon a product group that had become the infamous representative of an old and immoral, linear economy.

COVID-19: A stress test for sustainable development in hospitality?

"Covid-19 is climate change on warp speed" (Wagner, Mar.10, 2020). The current pandemic has catastrophic consequences on the hospitality sector. The ways the industry currently deals with the crisis (for example, see: COVID-19 - Survival Guide for the Hospitality Industry) offers a glimpse into the crisis management endeavors in building a business case for disaster and climate resiliency.

How can sustainability be communicated beyond clichés and greenwashing?

Both clichés and greenwashing are amongst the biggest traps to fall into when communicating sustainability. A "let's save the world" claim and tacky towel policy stickers are superficial and unappealing and could be a turn-off to the small group of environmentally and socially-conscious consumers.

Hotel Sustainability: Top 3 Technologies to Implement in 2020

There seem to be two schools of thought in regards to achieving greater sustainability. One is based on a behavioural change to tackle societal and environmental challenges. More precisely in managing resources with moderation, restraint, and constraint (e.

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