Sustainable Accommodation Policy

Sustainable Accommodation Policy

 

The Company Miracle Russia Travel has developed and is implementing a Sustainable Accommodation Policy for our partner accommodation suppliers. We prefer to work with hotels which have certifications of Sustainability System for Hotels and Accommodations. But given the specifics of our region, we understand that this is not always possible. Therefore, we have developed a Sustainable Accommodation Policy to help our partners better and easier understand our requirements and work on their implementation. In our opinion, this will lead to a good result not only for our company, but also for our partners.

 

Socio-cultural and economic effects

  • Recommendations for hotels employ local people  for a variety of employment opportunities, varying from unskilled manual labour to middle and higher management positions. This provides attractive learning and career opportunities to the local population and avoids emigration. Moreover, employment in tourism can help to diversify an economy from agricultural or industry based to a more service based economy, providing higher status and wages.
  • Recommendations for hotels support local cultural activities such as art, music, dance and gastronomy.
  • To prevent child prostitution in high-risk areas, hotel management should follow the ECPAT code of conduct dealing with the avoidance of the hotel being used for child prostitution. ECPAT is an international NGO against child prostitution and sexual exploitation of children.
  • The business ensures that, through its accommodation supply chain, the rights of children are respected and safeguarded. If the supplier employs children below the age of 14, the business should ensure that there are special working conditions put in place to safeguard them.
  • Large coastal resorts often limit the access to the beach for local people. This can also have a negative economic impact when fishing can no longer take place and families lose their main source of income. We are recommending our partners communicate with local people in order to work on the conservation of unique natural resources.

 

Environmental effects

  • We are recommending careful planning of the accommodations what can help protect the habitats of local fauna and flora.
  • Before the construction new buildings we remind you that accommodations can provide a new function to historic buildings and thus save them from destruction. Hotels built with local materials and according to traditional designs will fit better in the local environment than most standard constructions do. Local people will take pride in this and tourists will enjoy a more cultural experience.
  • In some regions the creation of employment opportunities reduces chances that local communities engage in environmentally harmful ways of earning their living such as unsustainable agriculture, (illegal) logging and hunting.

 

Energy consumption

Energy is needed for heating, illumination, ventilation, cooling and for preparing food for the hotel guests. Most energy consumption is caused by heating or cooling the rooms (approx. 50%). Hotels use a higher amount of energy per person per night than cottages or camp sites.

  • Recommend your guests to turn off the lights, air conditioning or fan when leaving the room.
  • Remove the chargers from the electricity grid if the equipment is already charged.
  • If need to change old equipment choose for buying a new energy safe equipment that uses less power.
  • In sunny weather dry the bed linen and hotel towels on the sun, if possible avoid dryers.

 

Water consumption

Water consumption of a tourist in an average beach-destination is much higher than their water consumption at home or the water consumption of a local inhabitant. In a hotel with swimming pools and large gardens, consumption can reach up to 800 liters per person per day. On campsites however, tourists use less water than at home.  In many destinations water consumption is a major local problem as tourism takes place especially in sunny and dry areas. In high (and dry) season the demand for water for tourists can exceed the capacity (frequent showers, swimming pools etc.). The high pressure on water resources can reduce the water supply to local people, agriculture and the surrounding protected areas.

  • Ask your guest put towels on the floor for change it when it is really need.
  • Ask your guest to close water tap during brush the teeth or shampooing hair.
  • Water the flowers and grass in the evening, so it evaporates more slowly and saturates the vegetation with moisture.
  • Inform the laundry of the hotel about economy of the water.

 

Waste

  • Hotels have to separate garbage and if it possible to throw away it to the special places.
  • It is very important to find the special places for recycle.
  • If hotel is locates in countryside recommend organic throw away in the special place, after some period of the time it is possible to use as a fertilizer.
  • Inform guests to throw away waste separate to the special different trash cans.

 

In case of clear evidence that contracted accommodations jeopardize the provision or integrity of basic services such as food, water, energy, healthcare or soil to the neighboring communities, it can be reason to terminate the cooperation with the accommodation.