Thursday Aug 9, 2018 | Zul Qaadah 27, 1439
Dubai Tourism releases new manual to help hotels go green
Dubai’s Department of Tourism has published a
new manual to help hotels and hospitality establishments map out a sustainable
journey and trigger a positive impact on the environmental performance of the
tourism industry, a report said.
The "12 Steps Towards Sustainability" manual,
developed in partnership with the Green Building Council, is the first
interactive, web-based, manual under the Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST)
The guide has been designed in line with the
department’s commitment to ensuring that the emirate takes the lead in promoting
sustainable best practices and green initiatives, in line with the vision of HH
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler
of Dubai, to transform Dubai into a leading sustainable city globally, said a
report in WAM.
The guidelines provide practical and
cost-effective solutions around four key themes: energy conservation, water
conservation, waste management, and sustainability engagement of staff and
guests. These form the basis for key objectives that the manual sets out to
achieve, including the promotion of energy and water conservation measures by
benchmarking activities that help to identify and implement effective policies
and incentives; the development of training programmes, communications campaigns
and events to promote sustainability initiatives to all staff and guests; and
the further development of Dubai as a "smart city" by extending the use of new
technologies in daily operations, e.g. remote load control, Building Management
Systems, BMS, and control sensors, the report said.
Yousuf Lootah, Executive Director, Tourism
Development and Investments, Dubai Tourism said, "This pioneering document
published by Dubai Tourism under the DST initiative serves as a valuable guide
to help create a sustainable future for our tourism industry. With more than 700
hotels operating in the first six months of 2018 alone, Dubai undoubtedly has
the potential to strategically position itself as a landmark for sustainability
by ensuring all hotel properties are engaging in responsible practices."