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Ecotourism is a form of responsible travel to natural areas that help in conserving the environment, sustaining the well-being of the local people, and involving interpretation and educational activities. It builds cultural and environmental awareness
and encourages positive experience for visitors as well as hosts. At same time it minimizes the impact of tourism on the environment.
The 4 Pillars of eco-tourism:
▪Environmental Stewardship: protecting the environment by implementing conservation and sustainable practices; committing to the protection and responsible use of the surroundings for future enjoyment.
▪Ecological Connection: full engagement with land, flora or fauna in the environment.
▪Community Empowerment: having a direct socioeconomic impact by diversifying, donating or employing locals.
▪Cross-Cultural Engagement: interacting with the culture of the surrounding by learning new skills, history or sharing as more a spossible with local families. Cross-cultural engagement with another culture has a long lasting impact.
Dining Vision is about to launch a new project in Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
Havana@Dbay will offer a few of life's pleasures and top notch service, catering to those who enjoy cigars, fine wine and spirits as well as premium luxury chocolate. A state of the art walk in humidor will showcase the best of cigars and related accessories also to those who may not be familiar with such things but want to learn about them.
The new concept store will position itself as the only establishment in the area to carry such items under one roof and offer the knowledge and service to accompany these products.
Read more about Dining Vision most recent projects in Southeast Asia: Projects
Read more about our new "ecospitality" project in Vietnam and Thailand: Ecospitality
We have seen many trends within the hospitality industry in past few years, but one in particular most probably will stay as it will generate a long term impact on the sector as well on the transformation in terms of a greater sustainability the industry needs to face.
How to explain in few words “circular economy”
A circular economy model implements strategies and processes that generate a significant reduction in the need for new materials and in the need for disposal; existing products are altered to facilitate reuse, minimizing the need for the harvesting of natural resources and reducing waste to protect environment while drawing awareness to ‘green’ and eco-friendly processes. Circular economy is not the end of production, but goods and services have now to be designed to minimize resources needed, to last and more importantly to be reusable or recyclable. On one hand, in the new economy approach, production may decrease given that goods are reused, but on the other hand the goods produced may incorporate more value added to satisfy new consumption patterns.
Recycling and sustainability is now a focus within the hospitality sector; new directions to follow are in place. Replacing plastic straws with recyclable paper or reusable stainless steel options or moving away from paper towels to washable fabrics, show that by taking small steps such as these, waste could be reduced up to 16 percent. At same time solar panels are becoming more popular as well as recycling food waste to provide nutrients to the hotel’s greenhouse plants. As more and more organizations in the hospitality sector embrace the concept of reusability, the indication now is that circular economy could be implemented in the whole tourism industry.
Circular economy in the tourism sector
There are good reasons to believe that firms within the tourism sector have a strong interest to adapt their production process. In the food & beverage industry, it is said that 60% of food that is thrown away can be easily avoided. A hotel or restaurant, when aiming at producing zero waste, increases its chances to prosper in the coming years and if steps towards circular economy are taken properly, costs do not increase. Even if costs slightly increase, they will be offset by the higher turnover the firm will be able to make. As competitors will adapt as well to comply with circular tourism and prices will probably decrease a little, not adapting to the new models of consumption will lead to a business collapse. Very soon consumers will reject the idea of consuming goods & services unhealthy for our environment. Changes do not have to be radical; the goal is showing the consumers that what they want and need is seriously considered and great efforts are in place in daily activities to achieve this result.
In simple words a business is sustainable when generates a positive impact on the environment or society. A sustainable strategy aims to positively impact one or both of those areas, helping address some of the world’s most pressing
problems, such as climate change and income inequality. Here below few reasons why business sustainability strategies are essential to financial success:
Improper practices damage reputation and dealing with a public relations disaster can divert important human and financial resources from the core business.
By instituting a sustainable strategy that protects the environment and your workers, you also protect yourself from any damaging effect on your business reputation.
Competitive advantage because of purpose driven goals
Sustainability and business goals go along very well together. Recent studies show that 90 percent of executives believe an organization with shared purpose has greater employee satisfaction. Additionally, 85 percent say they would recommend more a company with a strong purpose.This factor can be a competitive advantage when attracting best talents and target markets.
Market for sustainable goods is growing fast
Today consumers are willing to change their habits to reduce their negative impact on the environment; sustainable products sales have grown by 20 percent since 2014. Millennials in particular love sustainable ingredients or products that reflect social responsibility.
Together we can change
As individuals we feel overwhelming or simply impossible to create changes in a meaningful way.
But when innovative and successful companies are working together to solve pressing problems, we can see that our efforts are in good company. Purpose-driven companies working together have experienced great success.
Value of sustainability
Sustainability doesn’t mean sacrificing profits; It has become a crucial element in any organization’s successful strategy, for improvement in profitability, growth, employee retention.
Integrating sustainability into a business strategy create more opportunities for success.
1. Open wall spaces can be filled by local talents; a new artist or group of artists can assist either monthly or quarterly with a rotating collection of unique decor and, in addition, sales opportunities can be generated with a proper art exposure.
2. A mural is also a great idea as many guests will take selfies for an Instagram-worthy piece of art related post, giving you free publicity.
3. Go Green: Indoor plants are not only beautiful and relaxing, but can also many help purify the air and create a visual connection for guests about the freshness of the ingredients.
4. The kitchen itself being part of the décor or an exposed wine “cellar” can be seen by guests as an important learning moment. Lots of upselling moments there.
5. A restaurant theme shall reflect menu or brand.
6. A minimalist look is made of think clean lines, natural materials, and a simple color scheme; this style is perfect for a “less is more” kind of concept.
7. Certain looks are classics for a reason; a classic pizzeria showcasing checkered tablecloths can provide a sense of nostalgia while still having a modern twist.
8. A community-centered experience can be created simply by adding a communal table or offering board games for guests to play while they are waiting.
9. Good lighting creates ambiance for your guests. Besides the feel, other things to consider are energy efficiency, staff safety and offering guests the possibility to be able to get a good shot of their plate
10. A well-functioning restaurant professional needs always a designer / consultant to plan layout and maximize function. A small space doesn’t necessarily need to feel crowded or cramped!
11. Every guest in every seat shall be looking at something nice!
12. A warm hello and welcome greeting is the guests’ very first impression of the place. This should never be overlooked