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World Tuna Day is approaching – let’s talk Sustainable Seafood!

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Sustainable seafood is a relatively new concept and as the world population keeps growing exponentially, the over exploitation of wildlife continues to impact marine species. The many great qualities of tuna have led to an overwhelming demand for the fish.

Hotels are amongst the largest seafood buyers in the world, with some large hotels and resorts consuming over a ton of seafood every day. Today, many organisations including the WWF and IUCN have recognised these issues and work to promote the conservation and sustainable use of species, including tuna.

Many large hotel brands, notably Hyatt Hotels have taken initiative by implementing a sustainable seafood strategy in compliance with the WWF.  Like Hyatt Hotels and Marriott, these guidelines could help your business source seafood more sustainably:

1. Create a culture of awareness- Consider bringing in specialists in the subject to educate staff and create engagement.

2. Define Procurement Criteria – Hotels in regions where sustainable options are scarce might consider WWF guidelines and organic farm certifications. Learn more here.

3. Evaluate Seafood Purchases – Consider cutting down your seafood menu! The Grand Hyatt Singapore has cut down from 600 to 100 options.

4. Work with Suppliers to Manage Overall Costs – Consider using fewer, more reliable suppliers. They can likely help you cut costs and find the best menu options.

5. Avoid Endangered Species – Work to identify endangered species and avoid them completely unless a sustainable source can be provided. There are lots of options out there, avoid unnecessary ones.

6. Improve the Traceability of the Seafood Supply – Use regulations to make sure your seafood is legal and regulated. Make sure all your seafood is traceable. Read more here.

World Tuna Day (May 2nd) is here to remind us of the importance of managing fish stock sustainably! Read more here.

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Marriott International is replacing small amenity bottles with re-usable Paul Mitchell Tea Tree dispensers at five of its properties. Credit: Marriott International

The hospitality industry no longer is being hospitable to plastic waste.

Momentum is growing to minimize the use of single-use plastic among hotels, airlines, airports and cruise lines. That means plastic straws, cups, bottles, laundry bags and even packaging for hotel guestroom slippers are starting to disappear.

Plastic waste has wreaked havoc on tourist destinations around the world. Late last year, authorities in Bali, Indonesia, declared a “garbage emergency” because of the amount of plastic washing up on a nearly 4-mile stretch of beach on the island’s west coast.

Read the full article to learn more about some recent industry efforts to reduce plastic here.

By  for USA Today.

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Bamboo Straws Poolside at Anantara Golden Triangle (Credit: unknown via Mark Thomson)

Anantara and AVANI Hotels & Resorts are proud to announce the decision to end the use of plastic drinking straws at all hotels and resorts in Asia from 1 January 2018. The first major hotel brands to announce a companywide decision to eradicate plastic straws at every single property across the Asia region with a view to extend the roll out to properties in Australasia, Europe and the Middle East by the end of the year.

In the serene mountainous region of Northern Thailand, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is working with a local artist, Khamchan Yano, who was shown by the village elders a fast growing wild bamboo, indigenous to the surrounds. Together they have perfected a way to keep the bamboo strong whilst also ensuring it is hygienic and reusable.

Read the full article on the initiative here.

By Mark Thomson on LinkedIn.

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Combating Human Trafficking in the Hotel Industry

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Potential cases of human trafficking in the hotel industry

Potential cases of human trafficking in the hotel industry

22 July 2015 – A teenage girl uses cash to rent a room with an older man. A housekeeper, who appears to be living on site, nervously averts eye contact when a guest approaches. A string of men enter and leave a particular room throughout the night, each staying for only 30 minutes at a time. Read more.

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