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Responsible Tourism

 

Our ongoing commitment to Green Tourism is to focus on protecting the environment and allow visitors to travel responsibly with as little impact on the environment as possible. Come join us and let us all do our bit in creating a better places to live in and to visit with the united vision of building a more eco-friendly sustainable planet.


How can you contribute to being a responsible tourist?

 

  • Do not litter and always dispose of waste appropriately, be very mindful of various types of plastics, as it takes a very long time to decompose.
  • When visiting coastal cities be very mindful of littering as most of the waste finds its way to the sea, which in turn affects the marine life and destroys habitat.
  • Try and support the various local/indigenous artisans during your travel journeys by buying souvenirs directly from them.
  • Try to expend as little as possible fossil fuel energy where ever practically possible, eg. Regulate the heating or cooling in hour hotel room between 18-20°C.
  • As water shortages are common in many places consider having a shower instead of bathing in order to economise on water usage.
  • While brushing your teeth, do not let the tap water run unnecessarily.
  • At your holiday accommodations, do not use more towels then necessary in order to conserve water and reduce the use of harmful detergents which can act as pollutants.
  • Turn off lamps and other electrical equipment when they are not in use.
  • Choose environmentally friendly excursions and use local transport where feasible.
  • Do not damage or disturb wild and native flora and fauna, leave them to thrive in their natural environment.
  • Support endangered species and plants by not purchasing products made from such material.
  • Make a financial contribution to a local social and environmental charity.
  • Support local people and their produce, respect their culture and do not leave a negative impact on local landscapes and seascapes.

 


Tips to reduce your energy consumption and improving energy efficiency in your day to day life.


 Heating and air-conditioning:-

 

  • Ensure heating and air conditioning is turned off when not required. You can do this by adjusting time switches to minimise usage.
  • Set heating and air con to 18-20°C for heating and 23-24°C for cooling.
  • Ensure that hot water systems are installed close to where the most frequent use occurs.
  • Ensure all equipment is well maintained to ensure it is working optimally to prevent unnecessary energy wastage.
  • Place the air-conditioning unit out of the sun and away from heat sources to maximise effectiveness.
  • When replacing outdated equipment, take the opportunity to select new equipment with a high energy efficiency rating, which will also significantly reduce operating costs.
  • Install solar heating where appropriate. Solar heating boosted by gas power, when necessary, can help reduce both gas and electricity costs.
  • Use sensors which stop the air-conditioning when a person leaves the room.
  • Install timers on spa pools to prevent spa jets continuing after use.
  • Install solar heating for appropriate hotel facilities, e.g. to heat the swimming pool.
  • In summer, use blinds and curtains to block out heat to minimise the need for air conditioning.

 


Lighting

 

  • Use natural lighting in room design to minimise the need for artificial lighting. When incorporated at the design stage, a natural lighting approach can reduce a building’s energy requirements for lighting by 40-50%.
  • Where appropriate, consider putting in sky lights to improve the use of natural light.Turn off lights when the room is unoccupied.
  • Install sensors and timers in all indoor and outdoor areas so lights are switched off when not required..
  • Replace incandescent lights with compact fluorescent and low-energy light bulbs. Energy saving globes can last 5 to 10 times longer and consume 60 to 80% less electricity.
  • Divide a room into zones and design the lighting so that you can illuminate only those areas needing light.
  • In guest/study rooms, place desks in a position to maximise the use of natural light. 

 

Computers

  • Use the energy-saver or power-saver mode on your computer.
  • Switch off your computer and printers completely when not in use for long periods.
     


Refrigerators/Freezers

 

  • Select energy-efficient equipment when purchasing new or replacement refrigerators or freezers. Also select the smallest appliance that will fit your needs.
  • Ensure the seals are working efficiently to prevent energy wastage for cold air escaping.
  • Do not place your refrigerator or freezer near a heat source such as an oven or against an uninsulated wall exposed to the sun as it needs to use more energy to maintain cold temperatures.

 


Other appliances

 

  • Turn off appliances – at the power point – when not in use. Even on stand-by mode appliance used energy.
  • Operate dishwashers, washing machines etc. with full loads only.
  • If purchasing a new dishwasher, select one with a short wash cycle, which can save both energy and water.
  • Operate laundry washing machines using cold water. Hot water requires far more energy (60% of the machine’s energy consumption is used in heating the water).
  • Air dry laundry rather than using electrical dryers, wherever possible.