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The environmental future of accommodation

Stefan Gössling

By Stefan Gössling – The hospitality industry has myriad touchpoints where it could reduce its environmental footprint. Stefan Gössling, Professor at Sweden’s Linnaeus and Lund Universities, believes that the way to start is to identify incremental, easy-to-implement changes, which can have a substantial cumulative impact. For the Hotel Yearbook, he posits two very different future scenarios.

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The hotel sector, reporting, and the Sustainable Development Goals | By Fran Hughes

Hotel Yearbook 2018 - Sustainable Hospitality

Over the last few years, hotel companies have made a determined effort to deal with the impact their business activities have on the environment and communities. Both, international hospitality chains and small hotel businesses, recognise the tangible benefits in being proactive in mitigating environmental and societal impacts including real efficiency gains and an enhanced corporate reputation. And in the hospitality industry, as in all industries, a good reputation cannot be bought, it must be earned. Along the same lines as previous editions of the Hotel Yearbook, the 2017 Sustainable Hospitality edition gathers the thoughts and research from a wide-ranging group of senior executives, analysts, consultants and opinion leaders from all over the world to ask, "What lies ahead for the global hotel industry in light of the ever-changing and challenging environmental, societal and economic dimensions?". From decentralized energy production alternatives to on-site waste management technologies; from use of passive solar design to impacts of green technology usage; from sustainable food systems to the evolving nature of corporate responsibility strategies; successful hospitality requires an in-depth understanding of the issues facing our industry - an essential read to all involved closely or remotely in the hospitality industry.


Other articles in this edition

The hotel sector, reporting, and the Sustainable Development Goals

By Fran Hughes, Director at International Tourism Partnership

Moving towards sustainability: Future-proofing in the hospitality sector

By Peter Hvidberg, Global Head, Travel & Hospitality Solutions at SGS

Hoteliers are investing in sustainability: Where does it go from here?

By Rohit Verma, Professor at Cornell School of Hotel Administration
and Matthew Walsman, Assistant Professor at Rutgers Business School

Four years of sick leave created the vision to make the Nordics more accessible

By Magnus Berglund, Director of Accessibility, Scandic Hotels

CSR at the crossroads in developing countries: Position yourself!

By Gabriel C. M. Laeis, PhD Candidate at Massey University

Changing the role of host: From pampering guests to truly engaging with them

By Elena Cavagnaro, Professor of Sustainability in Hospitality and Tourism at Stenden University of Applied Sciences
and Frans Melissen, Professor Sustainable Business Models, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences

Why certify your hotel as sustainable?

By Randy Durband, CEO at Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)

Trust marks: The role of eco-labels in travel and tourism

By Bradley Cox, Digital Communications Professional

Leading the fight against climate change within the hospitality sector

By Sonu Shivdasani, Owner, Soneva Resorts

Sustainability = community

By Alexandre Tsuk, Founder RefillMyBottle.com and Bookgreener.com

Peru’s Inkaterra: Helping save the Amazon through sustainable landscape corridors while pushing the boundaries of eco-friendly luxury hotels

By José Koechlin
and Gabriel Meseth, Communications and Public Relations Specialist

Taking the “Buy Local” movement from version 1.0 to 3.0

By Aurora Dawn Reinke, Founder, Astrapto

On social sustainability: An alarming global trend and how to disrupt it

By Jan Edwards, Founder and CEO at Paving the Way

Sustainability. Really? Not yet.

By Nicolas Dubrocard, Senior advisor in sustainable tourism

Measure building performance: Embrace your staff!

By Jean Lupinacci, Chief, ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Branch the EPA

Saving the environment, one “thing” at a time: The Internet of Things and sustainable hospitality

By Florian Kriechbaumer, VP for Operations & Development for INTEREL

Seven future trends in hotel sustainability in Africa

By André Harms, Sustainability Engineer & Founder
and Sarah Farrell, Creative Director at transparenCI

Hotel Verde, Africa’s greenest hotel

By Sarah Farrell, Creative Director at transparenCI

The future of hotel food waste

By Benjamin Lephilibert, Managing Director LightBlue Environmental Consulting

Water mindfulness and the future of hotel supply chains

By Inge Huijbrechts, Global VP Responsible Business at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Sustainability needs to mean more, not less!

By Arnaud Herrmann, Sustainable Development Director at AccorHotels

How digitalization, the Internet of Things, and New Work are shifting sustainability paradigms

By Verena Vinke, Consultant at Detecon International GmbH
and Martin Pietzonka, Director and Senior Innovation Manager at the Innovation Center Connected Living

Small steps to make restaurants more sustainable

By Christine Demen Meier, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at EHL
and Stéphanie Buri, Coordinator for Saviva Food and Beverage Chair at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Vienna’s Boutiquehotel Stadthalle: “Be the change you want to see in the world”

By Maria Leifer, Heads sales and marketing at Boutiquehotel Stadthalle, Vienna

The implications of Paris’ “science-based targets”

By Eric Ricaurte, Founder at Greenview

Hotel Owners for Tomorrow: The call to action

By Eric Ricaurte, Founder at Greenview
and Grace Kang, Managing Partner at Greenview

The long lost art of the green team

By Jeanne Varney, Lecturer at The Hotel School in the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University

Act local, think global

By Nick Bosworth, VP Brand and Marketing at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

Creating the paperless hotel

By Terence Ronson, Hospitality Professional, Technology Consultant, Public Speaker and Inventor

Other Hotel Yearbook Editions

Hotel Yearbook 2022 China Special Edition - 酒店旅遊創新年鑒 中國特輯

Hotel Yearbook 2022 China Special Edition is our first look specifically at the dynamic of a single country: China. Year after year, this gigantic country is becoming more important for the hotel industry, not only because it’s an increasingly attractive destination and a growing source of world travelers in its own right, but also because it’s an enormous market for the industry’s fast-evolving technology solutions. Our new edition, featuring editorial contributions published in both English and Chinese, will look at these tech trends and developments in detail. How are Chinese hotel companies addressing tech issues? Are Chinese providers of tech solutions prepared to bring their ideas and products to a worldwide market? Published with the collaboration of the China Hospitality Technology Alliance (CHTA) and Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), The Hotel Yearbook 2022 China Special Edition will appear to coincide with CHTA’s conference “Disruptive 2018— Connecting Travellers” held in Shenzen in late May. 酒店旅遊創新年鑒 中國特輯”是我们第一次尝试专注于一个国家编辑的刊物。近年来,中国这个庞大的国 家,对全球酒店业来说变得越来越重要。这不仅仅是因为中国已经成为了一个越来越有吸引力的目的地和世界旅行者 增长的来源地,更是得益于中国有着庞大的市场和飞速发 展的行业技术。这 次的新年鉴,将以中英文双语发表,详细介绍业内相关技术的趋势和发展方向。例如:中国酒店公司是如何解决技术 问题的?中国酒店技术解决方案的供应商是否准备好将其想法和产品推广至全球市场?《2018年度中国酒店科技年 鉴》将携手中国酒店科技联盟(CHTA)和酒店业财务 与科技专业人士协会 (HFTP),在2018年5月由CHTA在深圳举办的“未来旅行者大会”上联合发布。

Hotel Yearbook 2018 - Sustainable Hospitality

Over the last few years, hotel companies have made a determined effort to deal with the impact their business activities have on the environment and communities. Both, international hospitality chains and small hotel businesses, recognise the tangible benefits in being proactive in mitigating environmental and societal impacts including real efficiency gains and an enhanced corporate reputation. And in the hospitality industry, as in all industries, a good reputation cannot be bought, it must be earned. Along the same lines as previous editions of the Hotel Yearbook, the 2017 Sustainable Hospitality edition gathers the thoughts and research from a wide-ranging group of senior executives, analysts, consultants and opinion leaders from all over the world to ask, "What lies ahead for the global hotel industry in light of the ever-changing and challenging environmental, societal and economic dimensions?". From decentralized energy production alternatives to on-site waste management technologies; from use of passive solar design to impacts of green technology usage; from sustainable food systems to the evolving nature of corporate responsibility strategies; successful hospitality requires an in-depth understanding of the issues facing our industry - an essential read to all involved closely or remotely in the hospitality industry.

HYB Special Edition - Technology 2018

The Hotel Yearbook is a family of publications that call upon a wide-ranging group of senior executives, analysts, consultants and opinion leaders from all over the world to ask, "What lies ahead for the global hotel industry?" In The Hotel Yearbook – whether it is the highly respected annual edition or any of the special editions focusing on such critically important themes as technology, talent development, or the digital world – our forward-looking contributors share with readers the key trends and developments that they believe could have an impact on the performance of the hotel industry in the future.

The HOTEL Yearbook Special Edition - Digital Marketing 2017

The Hotel Yearbook 2017–Digital Marketing features editorial contributions from 35 opinion leaders around the world on the ways hotel companies will be using digital marketing techniques in the years ahead. Considering the huge impact that online marketing can have on a hotel company’s bookings, The Hotel Yearbook 2017–Digital Marketing is a must read for marketing decision makers throughout the entire industry.

HYB Special Edition - Technology 2017

The Hotel Yearbook launches its 4th annual look at hotel technology trends. This 100-page e-book features contributions from more than 30 opinion leaders around the world on the outlook for technological innovation in several key areas affecting the future success of a hotel enterprise. It covers a wide range of technology issues, from robotics and revenue management to managing IT talent, a wide range of topics guaranteeing that there is something in it for everyone concerned with integrating technology in their operations. Underscoring its focus on innovation, The Hotel Yearbook 2017 – Technology includes a special section featuring 18 hospitality start- ups, each making use of different tech approaches to provide creative solutions to hospitality challenges. As in past editions, our partner is HFTP.

HYB Special Edition - Talent Development 2016

The Hotel Yearbook branches out again with a new Special Edition on talent development within the global hospitality industry – where and how it is found, nurtured, trained, and retained. Authors include some of the industry’s best known thinkers and doers in human resources, hospitality management education and senior management.

Hotel Yearbook 2036 - Eyewitness reports from the year 2036

Since 2007, The Hotel Yearbook has provided thousands of decision makers in the hotel industry with valuable opinions and insights on what may be in store in the year ahead. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this forward-looking publication, The Hotel Yearbook 2036 breaks completely new ground, taking a giant leap 20 years into the future. Written from the viewpoint of the year 2036, the book presents dozens of 'eyewitness reports' from the future: interviews conducted with fictitious hotel industry executives, consultants, experts – and guests – who describe the world of 2036 from their own perspective, and in doing so, illuminate the dramatic changes that hotel companies will confront between 2016 and 2036.

The HOTEL Yearbook Special Edition - Technology 2016

The Hotel Yearbook 2016 – Technology, its third Special Edition focused exclusively on the changing technology landscape in the world of hospitality. "Since its inception in 2007, the editorial concept of The Hotel Yearbook has been to bring together senior hotel industry executives and recognized experts and thought leaders from every part of the industry to write about foresight and innovation in the global hotel business," said Woody Wade, co-publisher. "Our latest edition on technology comprises 90 pages and covers a wide range of topics from Big Data and meta-search to revenue management, robotics and human capital management." Rapidly evolving technological innovations are reshaping every aspect of the hotel industry, from reserving and accessing rooms to improving guests' in-room experience and increasing profitability. The new publication covers these and many other topics.

Hotel Yearbook 2015

The Hotel Yearbook 2015 will become available early January 2015. It features a comprehensive outlook for major geo markets as well as in-depth interviews with hotel group executives focusing on key segments including luxury and lifestyle brands. Additional articles include expert views in the fields of design, environment, technology, social media, finance, education, business travel and human resources.

The Hotel Yearbook Special Edition - Technology 2015

The Hotel Yearbook 2015 – Technology marked the 2nd edition of the HOTEL Yearbook special coverage on TECHNOLOGY. The eBook boasted 25+ articles written around all aspects in technology. "Since its inception in 2007, the editorial concept of The Hotel Yearbook has been to bring together senior hotel industry executives and recognized experts and thought leaders from every part of the industry to write about foresight and innovation in the global hotel business," said Woody Wade, publisher. "The aspect of the business that this Special edition focuses on, technology, is especially dynamic – and will have a huge impact on profitability, competitiveness, efficiency, and guest experience." Rapidly evolving technological innovations are reshaping every aspect of the hotel industry, from automating processes to communicating with guests via mobile apps. The new publication covers these and many other topics.

HYB Special Edition - Digital Marketing 2014

Early 2014, The HOTEL Yearbook branches out with a new Special Edition on the future of digital marketing within the global hospitality industry. This special edition is being published in partnership with Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International Foundation (HSMAI) and will be published in conjunction with HSMAI's Digital Marketing Strategy Conference in New York, February 25th 2014. Authors will include some of the industry’s best known thinkers and doers in various fields of digital marketing such as reputation management, CRM, revenue management, search engine optimization, social media and channel management.

Hotel Yearbook 2014

The Hotel Yearbook 2014 is now available for immediate access. It features a comprehensive outlook for major geo markets as well as in-depth interviews with hotel group executives focusing on key segments including luxury and lifestyle brands. Additional articles include expert views in the fields of design, environment, technology, social media, finance, education, business travel and human resources.

HYB Special Edition - Technology 2014

Wade & Co. SA, the Swiss-based publisher of The Hotel Yearbook, an annual compendium of expert opinion and insights on the future of the hotel industry, announced the launch of The Hotel Yearbook 2014 – Technology, its first Special Edition. The 80-page publication examines the changing technology landscape in the world of hospitality. "Since its inception in 2007, the editorial concept of The Hotel Yearbook has been to bring together senior hotel industry executives and recognized experts and thought leaders from every part of the industry to write about foresight and innovation in the global hotel business," said Woody Wade, publisher. "With this new publication, we are focusing for the first time on just one aspect of the business, technology." Rapidly evolving technological innovations are reshaping every aspect of the hotel industry, from reserving rooms via mobile apps to implementing resource-saving green concepts to improving guests' in-room experience. The new publication covers these and many other topics.

Hotel Yearbook 2013

The 2013 edition featured the first interview with Steigenberger’s new CEO Puneet Chhatwal, as well as a conversation on leadership in uncertain times between Gene Ference and the Dorchester Group’s CEO Chris Cowdray. Our second Special Report appeared, “Spa 2020” – a look at how the spa and hotel industries might overlap, intersect, integrate, compete and collaborate seven years in the future, with spa industry opinion leaders contributing from New York, Bangkok, Washington, Miami and Hong Kong. And as it does every year, the Hotel Yearbook 2013 contained a number of articles on thought-provoking management subjects and ideas ranging from crowdsourcing and micro-branding to behavioral economics and scenario planning.

Hotel Yearbook 2012

With the financial crisis continuing, the Hotel Yearbook’s contributors looked at the industry’s prospects with a mix of caution and hope – and even some optimism. Writing for us that year was a host of experts and commentators such as Giovanni Angelini from Hong Kong, Michael Hirst from London and Keith Kefgen from New York. As in past editions, the academic world also contributed, with articles by ESSEC’s Peter O’Connor, Cornell’s Rohit Verma, and Lausanne’s Ian Millar. The Horwath country reports covered the industry outlook in 30 different markets around the world.

Hotel Yearbook 2011

In 2011, the Hotel Yearbook hugely expanded its special section provided by the worldwide experts from Horwath HTL. Twenty Horwath offices contributed country reports covering hotel markets from China and India to Spain, Australia, Russia and Vietnam. Sir David Michels, former CEO of Hilton International, shared his insights, as did Choice CEO Stephen Joyce, Four Seasons’ new CEO Kathleen Taylor and Best Western’s CEO David Kong.

Hotel Yearbook 2010

The 2010 edition included our first-ever Special Report, a 50-page section on “Southern Africa in 2010”, with contributions from several regional experts and industry CEOs. In addition, that year’s publication featured input from such notable industry executives as Fairmont’s Thomas Storey, Ritz-Carlton’s Simon Cooper, Six Senses’ Sonu Shivdasani, Four Seasons’ Isadore Sharp, Mandarin Oriental’s Edouard Ettedgui, and Taj’s Ray Bickson.

Hotel Yearbook 2009

In the 2009 edition of the Hotel Yearbook, our far-flung editorial contributors included top managers of several hotel groups, among them Marriott’s Ed Fuller, Mövenpick’s Jean-Gabriel Peres, and Scandic Hotels’ Frank Fiskers. The AH&LA’s Marlene Colucci assessed the changes that the US lodging industry could face with newly elected Barack Obama in the White House, and a team of ISHC contributors chose the most interesting new hotels opening on each continent in the coming year.

Hotel Yearbook 2008

In this last pre-crisis year, our contributors were still full of optimism for the outlook of travel and the hotel industry. Among them were the CEO of Dubai-based Jumeirah Hotels, Gerald Lawless; CEO Steve Rushmore of HVS; Michael Sagild, COO of Bangkok-based Minor International; Claus Sendlinger, CEO of Design Hotels in Berlin; and Paul McManus, CEO of Leading Hotels of the World.

Hotel Yearbook 2007

The inaugural edition of The Hotel Yearbook boasted a number of high-profile contributors including EasyJet founder Stellios Haji-Ioannou on his new concept, EasyHotel; IH&RA CEO David McMillan on the imminent rise of the Chinese traveler; Arthur de Haast, Global CEO of Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, on the investment outlook; Kempinski CEO Reto Wittwer on his company’s growth strategy; and Rezidor CEO on the most critical issues facing the industry in 2007.







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