The Green Hotelier Awards, which seek to discover the world’s most sustainable, environmentally friendly and socially responsible hotels, has launched for 2018. This year the Awards unveil a new look which changes the winning categories. In previous years hotels have been grouped geographically. This year hotels across the world will compete to win in categories which examine their carbon footprint, their water stewardship, their waste reduction, their community impact and their role as a responsible employer.
The move aims to align the awards with the industry call to action of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) for hotels to focus their sustainable, environmental and socially responsible actions on the United Nations’ Global Goals also called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Green Hotelier Editor Siobhan O’Neill said, “The Green Hotelier Awards have been growing in popularity year on year and we expect record numbers of hotels to share their sustainability stories with us in 2018. Although the form hoteliers will complete is essentially the same as previous years, the new approach allows us to focus on the winners’ actions and impacts, rather than their geographical location. In addition it means there will be more winners and hotels named Highly Commended because we’ve increased the number of categories we’re awarding in.
“We wanted to reflect ITP’s call to action to the hotel industry to work together to achieve the Global Goals, and we can use the Green Hotelier Awards to show hoteliers how their sustainability actions and initiatives are doing just that. The application process is still free and deliberately designed to be quick and easy. The scoring on each section is simple and transparent, and hotels will need to complete every section to be in with a chance of winning, but we’d like them to indicate which category they think they’re a strong contender in. It doesn’t mean they won’t be considered as a winner in other categories as well.
“We’re really excited to be launching our new look and we’re looking forward to reading all the amazing sustainable and responsible business actions we know so many hotels around the world are actioning for a fairer future for all.”
The new look Awards means that no hotel is excluded from entering. Previous winners can apply this year. The Awards are open to hotels, resorts, eco-lodges and B&Bs of any size, anywhere in the world. Entrants should read all the rules and tips for applying before completing the form to make sure they maximise their chances of winning. The closing date for entries is Friday 23rd March 2018, and the winners will be announced in April during Responsible Business Week.
This article was first published on Greenhotelier.