According to research by the Green Hotel Association, a Texas-based organization that promotes green awareness in the hotel industry, 43 million American travelers say they are concerned about the environment. As a result, the travel industry is making an effort to promote green initiatives. In today’s travel environment, it’s not hard for consumers to be more environmentally friendly.
Car rental companies Hertz, Budget, and Avis are adding more fuel-efficient cars to their fleet, and many limousine companies use hybrid vehicles. Hertz promotes that it has nearly 35,000 in its Green Collection fleet. While 100% of Budget rental vehicles in the economy, compact and mid-range categories, and 98% of the standard and full-size car classes have met strict US EPA guidelines and They are SmartWay certified. Each vehicle receives an air pollution score and a greenhouse gas score, on a scale of 1 to 10. For the SmartWay designation, a vehicle must receive a 6 or higher on both scores and have a total score of at minus 13. At Avis, about half the fleet has a fuel efficiency rating of 28 miles per gallon or higher (highway). A quarter of the fleet is rated at 30 miles per gallon (highway) or higher.
The Fairmont chain of hotels offers in-room information, recycling bins, optional linen and towel replacement at select locations, energy-efficient lighting, and water-saving showerheads, toilets, and faucet aerators. Their organic cuisine menus incorporate local, seasonal and organically grown foods wherever possible. Special menus for Eco-Meet may also include a 50 percent reduction in animal protein, supplemented with vegetable protein at meals. Select Fairmont hotels and resorts have their own herb gardens or the ability to adjust their kitchen to use locally grown seasonings with dishes that use those ingredients. The emphasis is on healthy, environmentally friendly and delicious food.
Aloft Hotels, a member of the Starwood Hotel Collection, opened its first Canadian location in 2008 and now has 38 locations worldwide offering a unique hotel experience. Aloft is really about the self-sufficient traveler that has lots of energy, a positive vibe, and an admittedly tech-savvy design.
The experience at its Lexington, Massachusetts location begins upon arrival, with park-like landscaping offering a chance to breathe fresh air. Premium hybrid car parking spaces are allocated to reward the greenest guests. The rooms contain natural materials such as cork and sustainable wood veneers that are integrated into the hotel’s design. Their pools even use a cleaner, greener salt solution.
Australia’s award-winning resort located just 45 minutes north of Cairns and south of Port Douglas, Thala Beach Lodge sits on the only private beach in the area. Provides the perfect location to explore the Great Barrier Reef, private coastal beaches and rainforest, with individual private bungalows overlooking the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, World Heritage-listed rainforest and lush tropical beaches .
At a time when there is great concern for fragile environments, Thala Beach Lodge is proud to have achieved the highest green certification accreditation through its sustainable practice and environmental sensitivity.
Located in one of the most fascinating Mexican biological reserves, nestled on a 3-mile pristine beach, is the Hotel Eco Paraíso, which features bungalows, each with views of the emerald green Gulf of Mexico.
Celestun, Yucatan, Mexico is one of the main feeding areas for the Pink Flamingo and countless species of waterfowl and shorebirds. It was declared a Special Biosphere Reserve in 1989. By definition, it is an area of one or more ecosystems that have not been altered by man.
At Buck Island Reef National Monument, the surrounding reef was named America’s first underwater national monument in 1961, which, naturally, has resulted in an ecosystem so thriving and well-preserved that 30,000 visitors a year flock to see it. See it, making it the single most popular attraction on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands.
Green vacations are plentiful, and if you’re willing to adjust your vacation travel dates, you’re among the 61 percent of Americans who are willing to travel during “off-peak” periods to save money. when prices may be more favourable. This trend seems to transcend all age categories. While weather conditions may not be perfect, the savings that travelers can reap by traveling in the off-season can add up.