Jan. 8, 2022

When you plan your next vacation, don't forget about giving back to the locals. Traveling can be an eye-opening experience in so many ways, but it's also important to consider how traveling affects the people who live there. Here are five ways to give back to local communities while traveling.

▪︎Think Local:  Do your best to recharge batteries and use energy-saving lightbulbs, especially when staying in a hotel. Also, avoid using the amenities like hairdryers and ironing boards as much as possible. Lastly, try asking for an eco-friendly room if you're concerned about the environment while traveling. When it comes to things like tipping, do what you can. If possible, tip locally or use cash instead of credit cards so that the money goes directly into the pockets of those who need it most. This makes your offers sustainable.

▪︎Eat Local: Not only is it important to stay local when you're traveling, but it's also important to eat local. Seek out restaurants that use ingredients from the area and learn about the traditional dishes. This is a great way to support the local economy while tasting authentic culture. Ask your hotel or the concierge if you're unsure where to start. If you're staying in a hotel, they may have recommendations for restaurants that support local societies while traveling. Try something new. It's good to try foods from different cultures, but it also helps give back by supporting those working so hard on their craft every day.

▪︎Shop Local: When it comes to souvenirs, shop local. This is a great way to show your support for the community and get unique items that you won't find anywhere else. You can find local shops by looking for independently owned or asking locals where they like to shop. Not only will this help the community, but you'll also be able to find some unique items that you wouldn't otherwise see.

▪︎Be Eco-Conscious: One of the best ways to give back to local communities while traveling is by being eco-conscious. This means doing your best to reduce your environmental impact. Some things you can do include packing lights, taking public transportation when possible, and recycling what you can to conserve the environment. When it comes to eco-friendly hotels, there are a few things you can look for. Try to find a hotel that uses energy-efficient lightbulbs and appliances, recycles and composts, offers linen reuse programs, and provides water refill stations. This helps you to enjoy sustainable travel.

▪︎Volunteer: Give back to local societies by volunteering your time. There are many ways to do this, and it's a great way to get to know the local community and make a difference. One option is to join an organized tour that focuses on volunteering. This is a great way to see the country while also giving back.

These are just a few of the ways you can give back to locals while traveling. It's important to remember that every little bit helps and that we all have an impact, no matter how small. So next time you're planning your vacation, consider giving back somehow. It'll make you feel good and help support those in need.

Find out more about our new sustainable hospitality project, lotusandjasmine: The L&J Project

Dec. 19, 2021

It has been estimated that one-third of food produced for consumption is wasted, and this leaves a footprint of 3.3 billion tonnes of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gasses. Major players in the big waste issue are retail and catering, and this is in part due to the very nature of the business, where standardized meals, portions and forecasted consumption are extremely important factors.
Here below some tips on how to reduce the negative impact on the environment:

▪︎using management systems that helps tracking and measuring food use and at same time allows a better understanding of the leftovers quantities and therefore the recycling possibilities.

▪︎reducing so called "food miles" by focusing more on locally sourced, seasonal and organic produce. 

▪︎ reducing meat dishes on menus, because,especially beef, is one of the biggest causes of methane emissions. This can be achieved by introducing one or more vegetarian or vegan dishes in the menu and at same time by serving free-range, organic, and local meat, purchased from suppliers with proven track record in animal welfare standards.

Water scarcity is an important environmental issue,  especially in those countries where local communities do not have clean water or drinking water access, while tourists enjoy pools and clean laundry.
Green hotels can reduce water usage by:

▪︎investing in technologies that combine recycled and purified water with fresh water in order to save on water used.

▪︎encouraging guests to reuse linen and towels with proper policies in place and visible messages in rooms and common areas.

▪︎ using rainwater collection systems to reuse wastewater for non-potable uses like flushing toilets, watering gardens or cleaning activities and so on.

▪︎buying water-efficient appliances like low-flow showerheads.

Nov. 25, 2021

More and more environmentally conscious travelers are emerging and they wish to experience extraordinary travel that is rich and socially responsible.

Wouldn’t you love to enjoy relaxing escapes in Vietnam and Thailand while investing in an environmentally - friendly project that offers a solid return? Please keep reading.

Lotus & Jasmine, our new project, is a social enterprise that will offer a unique meaningful vacation experience. Our boutique eco-friendly guesthouses and organic restaurants aim to enhance the guest experience by creating moments of responsible tourism while generating a positive impact on environment and local communities.

We are just starting to raise funds! I will be glad to schedule a meeting with you to go through my idea and check your interest in joining our funding board. At the present we are on investmentnetwork.hk and we are in process of launching our very own crowdfunding campaign.

In the meanwhile feel free to learn more about lotusandjasmine visiting the following pages:

The Project   The Gallery   Financials and more

Why Vietnam is the next Asian miracle? 

Transforming Thailand's eastern economic corridor

 

Oct. 10, 2021

The last few months have been challenging for all of us. The concern for environmental protection and personal health are now under the spotlight of consumers, companies, and governments. even more than before. In 2019 we started working on a project that seems to suit perfectly this new post Covid-19 era: Lotus & Jasmine. Today, the moment of kicking off this new business adventure has arrived. We will be glad to schedule a meeting with you to go through our idea and check your interest in joining our funding board. In the meanwhile feel free to download more related info here below:

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Oct. 1, 2021

 

The Mediterranean Market europeantouch opened in Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. The 4,000 sq. ft. grocery store offers excellent ingredients and products sourced from the Mediterranean regions in Europe and North Africa. In addition, quality street food is prepared in front of customers, enjoying a different shopping experience where cuisine, wine culture, history and entertainment blend in harmony. Mediterranean food encapsulates the culinary cultures of several different countries, from Italy to Morocco; amazing plant-based products and vegan food are available as well.

The Rink All Day Lounge will open end of this year next to largest ice rink in Hong Kong. It will serve an array of International cuisines in a relaxing atmosphere; the decor is reminiscent of a Swiss Chalet; "walls" of cheeses, wine and breads will welcome guests at the entrance and "grab and go" as well as dine-in options will be available during breakfast, lunch, dinner and late supper.

Raf & Sons Prime Cut and Seafood is opening in November 2021 next to the Pier in Discovery Bay. The fine dining showcases a dry-aging fridge, an open kitchen, a long bar and an outdoor area where guests can enjoy a top selection of steaks and seafood dishes.

Following the revamping and new outlets' successful opening in Central, East Kowloon and Lantau Island, Il Bel Paese Group will launch a new addition, Italian Gelato, opening in Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East; it will offer homemade ice cream, milkshakes and Sicilian Granita, a refreshing iced delicacy to enjoy as snack or after dinner, great for sharing and social relations.

Lotus and Jasmine, a Meaningful Vacation: the last few months have been challenging for all of us. However the concern for environmental protection and personal health are now under the spotlight of consumers, companies, and governments. In 2019 I started working on a project that seems to suit perfectly this new post Covid-19 era: Lotus & Jasmine, Vietnam and Thailand. Boutique eco-friendly lodging facilities and organic restaurants will showcase a range of activities with a strong focus on awareness, environment and community. We aim to enhance the guest experience by creating moments of responsible tourism and generating a positive impact on the environment, society and economy of local communities.  

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