Responsible Travel Makers: Kallichoron Art Boutique and Hotel and Dar al Hossoun
As travel bans lift around the world, Wayaj launches âResponsible Travel Makersâ, a new series of webinars featuring the best sustainable hotels worldwide. The series is aimed at travelers that are beginning to plan their next vacations, and it will focus on what hotels are doing to keep their impact low on the environment while maximizing the benefits for local communities and implementing the latest safety procedures for COVID19. The first episode of âResponsible Travel Makersâ, premiered July 29th, 2020 at 11 am EDT, and it featured the Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel located in picturesque Astypalea (Greece), together with the Dar Al Hossoun, a verdant boutique hotel in Taroudant (Morocco).Watch it to learn directly from their founders, Maria Mavroudi (Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel) and Ollivier Verra (Dar Al Hossoun), how these boutique hotels have been able to combine modern technology and local traditions to create unforgettable eco-friendly experiences for their guests. Sustainability experts Logan Cohen and Nikki Mattei joined the conversation for Wayaj.Donât miss this opportunity to discover the next hotel and destination for your Earth friendly vacation. Subscribe to our channel!About the SpeakersMaria MavroudiCo-Founder and General Manager, Kallichoron Art Boutique HotelMariaâs introduction to tourism began at a young age as she helped her family run their serviced studios on Astypalea Island. In 2014, she started Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel with a group of friends, as they identified the growing demand for stylish and eco-friendly accomodations based on the principles of Greek hospitality, personalized services and sustainable travel mindset, to set them apart from competition.Maria holds a BSc in Maritime Studies from the University of Piraeus, an MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School and an LL.M. from City University. She is also a Certified Insurance Broker by the Hellenic Ministry of Development.Ollivier VerraFounder and CEO, Dar al HossounOriginally from Provence, Ollivier Verra moved to London in the early â90s to work for an American bank. Later, he joined the family business, and within 15 years he successfully took the company global. During his vacations, as he was looking to relax away from his intense business schedule, Ollivier discovered Morocco and was seduced by it. When he had the opportunity to sell the family business, he decided to follow his passion for this land. He ended up in Taroudant, about one hour from Agadir, where he fell in love with Dar al Hossoun, and its unique gardens, architecture and decor.Logan Cohen – LEED AP, ENV SP, Sustainability Specialist, WayajLogan Cohen is the designer of Wayajâs sustainability tools, such as the Hotel Sustainability Rating, which scores the performance of hundreds of hotels in over 100 countries and the upcoming Hotel Carbon Footprint Engine. Logan has experience across several industries in measuring waste and carbon, as well as in creating targeted solutions to reduce their impacts.Nikki Mattei, Chartered MarketerHotel Sustainability Marketing Manager, Wayaj A British native living in Italy, Nikki Mattei specializes in ethical marketing and has worked in both B2B and B2C across a variety of sectors including organic health & wellbeing, sustainable fashion and green tourism. She is driven by the central belief that profit, people and planet should be valued in equal measure. She works with organizations that want to incorporate sustainability and ethical objectives into their marketing strategy to be part of changing the world for the better. Nikki offers sustainability marketing support to hoteliers and property owners on Wayaj to ensure that they communicate their sustainable offer effectively and authentically.