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Green Key present at the UK´s leading hospitality event

This September, Green Key will be present at Hotel360, the UK´s leading hospitality event dealing with the improvement of the hospitality industry. To contribute to the future of this ever-evolving industry, Green Key will be part of the “Go Green Advice Hub”, a 2019 brand new feature where visitors will be looking for solutions to build a more sustainable business.

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Over two days, on the 18th and 19th of September, experts will introduce visitors to the latest innovations and talk about the future of the industry at Hotel360. This hub for hospitality innovation will connect industry´s professionals to solutions and services to make their establishments part of the leading ones.

In the years to come, the hospitality industry will have to focus on sustainability and responsibility, that is why communication about innovations is key to spread sustainable practices in this sector. After providing them with an environmental management framework, these industry´s most successful names will have to turn this knowledge into practices. For that, Green Key will help furnishing tools to help them reduce their water, energy usage and CO2 emissions.

Moreover, the desire to create a sustainable tourism industry goes hand in hand with a growing generation of eco-conscious travelers. Staff and guests also have to be aware of each establishment’s initiatives for the environment, as for Green Key awarded establishments. Being eco-labelled is a token of quality and proves that the establishment is committed to reducing its environmental impact.

“The Green Key team are really excited to share with visitors to Hotel360 the simple but effective actions they can take to make their hotel more environmentally friendly and how to work towards the Green Key award.” - Emma Whitlock, Green Key Development Manager at Keep Britain Tidy

Green Key is delighted to be part of the eco-experts who will help and advise establishments in their transition. The participation in Hotel360 aims at training environmental conscious hospitality leaders who will put the development of green and responsible establishments at the top of their projects.

You can already visit hotel360.co.uk to secure your free ticket and be sure to meet our Green Key eco-experts!

Green Key present at sustainable tourism conference in Kaunas, Lithuania

Within the frames of the UN Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, a Sustainable tourism conference for the Kaunas region in Lithuania was held on 23 November 2017.

Sustainable tourism conference in Kaunas, Lithuania

The conference was initiated with a funny video interviewing people about their knowledge about sustainable tourism. Not surprisingly, many did not know the meaning of the word "Sustainability", so the conclusion after the video was that everyone working with sustainable tourism should explain the meaning of sustainability without necessarily mentioning the word.

The Ministry of Economy (Tourism Department) presented the sustainable tourism strategy in Lithuania as well as the figures for tourism in the Kaunas region. The representative encouraged conference participants to use 2018, as 100 years of Lithuania as a country, to promote sustainable tourism and the natural beauty of the country. Other tourism experts explained how sustainable tourism fits with the UN Sustainable Development goals.

In the conference, Green Key International Director, Finn Bolding Thomsen and National Operator, Renaldas Rimivicius had the opportunity to present Green Key with focus on the eligibility of the programme for small accommodations. The environmental manager at Green Key awarded Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Kaunas gave a presentation about the environmental and social work of the hotel leading to the Green Key award.

Finn Bolding Thomsen was also interviewed about Green Key for the regional TV station. The reporter wanted to know more about Green Key and the benefits of joining the programme as well as observations that Bolding Thomsen made about the Green Key awarded hotel where the conference was held.

For our Lithuanian speaking followers, click on the picture to see the interview with Bolding Thomsen by Init TV (starting at 21:00).

For our Lithuanian speaking followers, click on the picture to see the interview with Bolding Thomsen by Init TV (starting at 21:00).