Toward sustainable accommodation and sustainable holiday

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The world Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Sustainable tourism is defined as the complete awareness of the present and future impact of tourism the economic, social and environmental conditions in order to fulfil the necessities of tourists, the industry and communications.
Sustainable accommodation is essentially known as a hotel, inn, resort or motel that has met the prevailing regulations of environmental responsibility. This sector is responsible for 21% of the overall tourism carbon footprint, while in 2030 it is expected to account for at least 25% of all tourism-related greenhouse gas emission.
There is an interface between the accommodation sector and sustainable tourism on different scales. Initially, the location, development and design of these units; then the operational management measures; and finally, the human resource management measures taken and the meals and provisions offered in the catering units. Environmental concerns related to operational affairs have been more focused on by the accommodation industry than sustainability dimensions.
The objectives of sustainable accommodation are to cut down on waste by conducting acts of energy and water conservation, recycling and environmentally-friendly deeds.
As a result, Sustainable dimensions (environmental, socio-cultural, economic) are necessary for considering sustainable tourism and optimal sustainable accommodation:
1. Make the best use of environmental resources that account for essential components in tourism development, preserving necessary ecological processes and assisting the conservation of natural heritage and biodiversity. Toward using renewable energy, the policy of water and heating saving, usage bike and public transportation.
2. Respecting the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities, while conserving their traditional values and cultural heritage, and contributing to intercultural awareness and acceptance.
3. Securing feasible long-term economic activities, providing socio-economic welfare for all organizations that are fairly allocated, including secure employment conditions, income opportunities, and social services to host communities, and playing a part in reducing poverty. Coming together into the local economy, using local labour, food and materials, and producing their own goods through accommodation establishment.

How with our behaviour could effect to a sustainable environment and what are related society sustainability dimensions?
How with our behaviour could influence to sustainable Society and what are related society sustainability dimensions?
How with our activities could help to sustainable economic and what are related to economic sustainability dimensions?
What is green-sustainable accommodation?
Why is green accommodation important?
How and why is it important for tourist accommodation to have renewable energy?
Would you consider renewable energy a reliable source of power for a hotel?
Do guests modify their daily routines whilst on holiday to comply with the host’s request to use fewer resources?
What conservation/reduction measures can be undertaken for water, waste and energy?

Must-Read – the team should read the following text in preparation for the kick-off-meeting:

Further literature:

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Priyadarsini, R., Xuchao, W. and Eang, L.S., 2009. A study on energy performance of hotel buildings in Singapore. Energy and buildings, 41(12), pp.1319-1324.

Bohdanowicz, P. and Martinac, I., 2007. Determinants and benchmarking of resource consumption in hotels—Case study of Hilton International and Scandic in Europe. Energy and buildings, 39(1), pp.82-95.

Dalton, G.J., Lockington, D.A. and Baldock, T.E., 2008. A survey of tourist attitudes to renewable energy supply in Australian hotel accommodation. Renewable energy, 33(10), pp.2174-2185.

De Grosbois, D. and Fennell, D., 2011. Carbon footprint of the global hotel companies: Comparison of methodologies and results. Tourism Recreation Research, 36(3), pp.231-245.

Mowforth, M. and Munt, I., 2009. Development globalisation and new tourism in the third world. Auflage, London: Rutledge.

Sharpley, R., 2000. Tourism and sustainable development: Exploring the theoretical divide. Journal of Sustainable tourism, 8(1), pp.1-19.

Warren, C., Becken, S. and Coghlan, A., 2017. Using persuasive communication to co-create behavioural change–engaging with guests to save resources at tourist accommodation facilities. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 25(7), pp.935-954.

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Roberts, S., & Tribe, J. (2008). Sustainability indicators for small tourism enterprises–An exploratory perspective. Journal of sustainable tourism, 16(5), 575-594.

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Bakker, M. and Twining-Ward, L., 2018. Tourism and the sharing economy: policy and potential of sustainable peer-to-peer accommodation. World Bank.

Warren, C., Becken, S., Nguyen, K. and Stewart, R.A., 2018. Transitioning to smart sustainable tourist accommodation: Service innovation results. Journal of Cleaner Production, 201, pp.599-608.

Bakker, M. and Twining-Ward, L., 2018. Tourism and the sharing economy: policy and potential of sustainable peer-to-peer accommodation. World Bank.

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Betreuer der YES!-Teams und Autor des Themenvorschlags:

Manouchehr Shokri

Manouchehr Shokri RWTH

Manouchehr Shokri, PhD, arbeitet als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Nachhaltigkeit im Bauwesen (INaB). Er schloss sein Studium des Bauingenieurwesens (B.Sc.) am Civil Engineering Technical & Vocational Training Institute in Lorestan, Iran ab. Danach sammelte er Erfahrungen im öffentlichen und privaten Unternehmenssektor als leitender Ingenieur, Vermessungsingenieur, Leiter des technischen Büros einer Regierungsinstitution, die sich auf die Ausführung von Infrastruktur- und Autobahnprojekten konzentrierte. Er schloss sein Studium des Umweltingenieurwesens (M.Sc.) mit Schwerpunkt Energie und Umwelt im Bauwesen an der University Technology Malaysia (UTM) ab.

Marzia Traverso

Marzia TraversoProf. Marzia Traverso ist Professorin und Leiterin des Instituts für Nachhaltigkeit im Bauwesen der RWTH Aachen. Promotion in Umwelttechnischer Physik an der Universität von Palermo und Umweltingenieurin im Bereich der Ökobilanz und Nachhaltigkeitsleistung des Bau- und Verkehrssektors sowie der strategischen Umweltbewertung der städtischen Verkehrssysteme. Von August 2008 bis Oktober 2011 war sie Post-Doc, wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin und Lehrbeauftragte am Lehrstuhl für Nachhaltigkeitstechnik der Technischen Universität Berlin. Forschungsschwerpunkte waren Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment und Social Life Cycle Assessment. Von November 2011 bis März 2016 war sie Projektleiterin im Forschungs- und Innovationszentrum der BMW Group. Von Mai 2016 bis April 2017 war sie als Scientific Officer bei der Europäischen Kommission, JRC Sevilla im Product Bureau, zuständig für die Entwicklung von Kriterien für die GPP für Straßenbeleuchtung und Verkehrssignale sowie GPP für Verkehr und Rahmenbedingungen für den Bausektor.