We're absolutely thrilled to share our provisional date for the next Tourism Summit at Winslade Park, Exeter on Wednesday 22nd November 2023. We'll be sharing more information on the event in the coming months. Click the button below to save the date in your diary.
One of the Tourism Summit's core themes is Sustainability. As we move together as a community towards a common good for our industry, we're sharing a practical case study in this month's newsletter to showcase how you can also become more eco-friendly and as a result more sustainable too.
The Moat House Hotel is a beautiful family-owned 4 star hotel located in the heart of the England, Stafford.
They have been working on their eco-mission to implement practices to their business which has resulted in improved energy consumption, positive impact on their local nature and ultimately their goal to become more sustainable.
"We're keen to push our green agenda"Emily Lewis, Operations Director, The Lewis Partnership
"The decision to become more eco-friendly wasn’t something we consciously made initially. It started with the installation of electric car charging points in response to customer demand and our close proximity to the M6.
Once we saw how popular these were and the extra custom they were bringing the business we started to look at other initiatives that we could introduce as being more eco friendly was clearly something that our customers valued. Over time we’ve added solar panels to the building, planted hundreds of trees on the property, significantly reduced the use of single use plastic, opted for refillable toiletries and invested in pillows and duvets made from recycled plastic.
Now having made these changes, we’re looking to go one step further and are exploring the options available to us to gain an accreditation for our green initiatives. It’s still early days and we know there are still areas such as food waste and our carbon footprint that we can improve upon but as a business we are keen to continue to push our green agenda."
At the Moat House Hotel we have implemented the following:
- 8% of all our electricity usage is powered by 92 solar panels on the roof of the property.
- We use large refillable toiletries in our bathrooms. All from Noble Isle, British made & vegan products.
- In the last 12 months we have planted over 300 native woodland trees in our grounds, providing more greenery.
- Installed 2 Pod Point electric car chargers that provide 15 minutes free charge & additional minutes are available to purchase via the Pod Point app.
- Swapped many plastic bottled products over to cans due to lower energy levels required to recycle aluminium.
- Invested in pillows & duvets made out of recyled materials
- Reduced single use plastic throughout the building - swapping to paper straws, bamboo toothbrushes & bamboo cotton buds in their amenity kits.
Becoming more sustainable and preventing harm to the environment doesn't have to be hard. It can start with setting your intention and then taking practical steps, like The Moat House, to reduce your energy consumption and benefit from renewables.
As we continue to explore "tourism for good" we will be sharing more practical examples and advice for the hospitality and travel sector.
The more we share the more we'll benefit from each other. So don't be shy, if you have a story that you'd like us to feature then do get in touch with us. Maybe you're leading the way in inclusion, you have more sustainable practices, or you simply have a great heartwarming story to tell. Share it with us and we'll share it with others.
SAVE THE DATE - 22/11/2023
We're underway planning The Tourism Summit 2023 and we will be sharing more details on the event soon.
If you have a friend, colleague or peer in the hospitality and travel sector, please share this email with them so they can save the date to thier calendar too.