Cleaner production should be a standard practice
Cleaner Production has been pursued for many years by many countries,
but is often a misunderstood concept.
If one were to first explore the technical definition of Cleaner
Production it could be defined as the continuous application of an
integrated, preventive environmental strategy to processes, products and
services to increase efficiency and reduce risks to humans and the
environment, said President-Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL)
President, Tourist Hotels Association (THASL) Srilal
Miththapala, the keynote speaker addressing the gathering at
the seminar on Cleaner Production for Hotels.
He was addressing a seminar on cleaner production demonstration
project for hotels organized by the National Cleaner Production Centre.
He said the difference between Conventional Production and Cleaner
Production is that conventional production, processes, products and
services, are designed without due consideration given for waste
prevention, nor is there any thought given for reusing by products.
All these approaches collectively address the triple bottom line of
the environment, economy and society - or the people, planet and profit
approach. In the private sector today, some form of triple bottom line
reporting is being incorporated into company accounts with greater
commitment and focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), he said.
Hotels have been perennially stereotyped as energy 'guzzlers' and
'wasters'. The total hotel load is estimated to be about 6 per cent of
the total demand of the national grid. Energy cost of a typical hotel
ranges between 20 to 25 per cent of its total operational expenses, up
from 13 to 14% few years ago.
Many hotels have embarked on some form of energy conservation and
energy auditing, but so far it has been mostly limited to reduction of
electricity. No methodical and analytical approach has been made in a
comprehensive manner to study entire processes, usage of raw materials
and wastage, Miththapala said.
The tourism facilities hold tremendous scope to adopt environmentally
responsible practices and to develop in a more sustainable manner.
Cleaner Production has much to offer to the hospitality industry.
It is easy to adopt, easy to implement and the environmental and
financial savings are extremely attractive. It does, however, require a
paradigm shift among managers and employees to ensure that the
objectives are not only sustained in the workplace, but consistently
upheld, monitored and improved.
"For Cleaner Production to make a lasting difference in the tourism
sector it needs to be entrenched as standard practice, in training
establishments, hotels, tourism and hospitality associations and in
Government bodies dealing in tourism", he said.
Sabre renews airline distribution agreement with Qatar Airways
Sabre Travel Network, has renewed its airline distribution agreement
with Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar.
The agreement provides Sabre travel agencies and corporations around
the world with access to their content, including fares, schedules and
availability through the Sabre Global Distribution System (GDS).
"We have always been uniquely positioned to help airlines get the
maximum yield for each seat sold through our extensive corporate, online
and agency partnerships around the world.
This agreement also guarantees Sabre-Connected travel agents
efficient access to Qatar Airways' extensive range of fares," said
Senior Vice President, Sabre Travel Network in EMEA Martin Cowley.
Qatar Airways said Sabre's strong growth in the Middle East combined
with its extensive global reach made the company an ideal partner to
support the airline's expansion plans, which include its new daily
non-stop service between Doha and Houston being launched on March 30.
The airline said a good growth strategy involved working with a
marketing distribution partner to enhance global reach for business and
Sabre currently has a strong corporate and online customer base
around the world.
Special offer to woo Japanese tourists
JATA World Travel Fair 2008.
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau joins SriLankan Airlines in
presenting the country as an attractive destination for Japanese
The special offer which was launched last month will continue till
June 2009, and bring together SriLankan Airlines offering a special rate
for air passage. Endorsed by officials of the Japanese market, several
travel itineraries have also been finalized in coordination with the
The Japanese traveller has always found Sri Lanka's ayurvedha, tea,
world heritage sites, wildlife, and beaches and the recent relaxation of
the travel advisory and the special promotional packages on offer, a
heightened interest in travel to Sri Lanka is predicted.
Mongolian delights at Cinnamon Grand
The Cinnamon Grand launched its 10-day Mongolian promotion, with an
all you can eat dinner buffet boasting of over 60 exotic preparations
from yesterday. The promotion is from March 19-29.
"Any one or a combination of the 20 seasoning sauces holds the key to
the good taste of Mongolian BBQ.
The unique method employed to speedily cook the food on the steel
grill over an extremely high-temperature, opens fire excites the flavour
of those natural ingredients to their fullest. And the flavour is sealed
in as the entire cooking process is done so rapidly", said Executive
Chef Morugama. Legend has it that after a long day of hunting, Genghis
Khan and his Mongolian warriors would make camp and prepare extravagant
Using their swords, the warriors would prepare slivers of meats,
combined with whatever vegetables and spices on hand, and grilled them
on their upturned shields over a hot blazing fire. This type of cooking
has become known the world over as Mongolian BBQ.
India launches campaign to attract foreign tourists
In an effort to reverse the decline in international tourist arrivals
in the country after Mumbai terror attacks, India has launched a new
tourism promotion campaign to woo the foreign visitors.
The new campaign 'Visit India Year 2009' has been launched at the
current International Tourism Exchange in Berlin to present the country
as an attractive destination for the holidaymakers.
The campaign is a joint initiative by the government and the tourism
industry to win back international visitors who have stayed away since
the terror attacks in Mumbai last November, said Secretary for Tourism
Sujit Banerjee, who launched the campaign at a conference of
international media and travel trade representatives.
India's tourism industry has to cope with global terrorism and global
economic downturn, which are threatening to put a break this year on a
decade of phenomenal growth in international arrivals, driven by the
successful 'Incredible India' marketing campaign and steady improvements
in the tourism infrastructure, Banerjee told PTI.
International tourist arrivals in India continued to grow last year
even after the financial crisis began to unfold in some major tourism
markets such as the United States and Britain, but the Mumbai attacks
dealt a severe blow to foreign tourist travelling to the country, he
said. Berlin, PTI
Foreign tourists flock Kashmir
Notwithstanding the terror strikes on Mumbai, India continues to
attract tourists with a majority of them flocking Kashmir, a top Indian
tourism official has said.
"India is a safe destination and Kashmir is absolutely safe. It is
open for tourist traffic," Director, India Tourism, UK, Jagdish Chander
said at the First Incredible India 2009 Roadshow at the Marriott
Grosvenor Square Hotel here last night. Kashmir is fully booked for
tourists this summer, he noted Pranav Sarkar, Hon. Secretary of Indian
Associations of Tour Operators said tourists from Hong Kong, Singapore,
Malaysia and Thailand are flocking Kashmir.
India's High Commissioner to the UK, Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, who
formally launched the Road Show by lighting a lamp, said "It is really
an incredible India, a land of vast diversity. The Incredible India
Programme reflects the truth." The Road show showcases hotels, airlines,
attractions and tours.
"This year our road shows are bigger and better than ever before.
Over 30 exhibitors participated in the Road show, raising awareness of
their product among those working in the travel industry in the UK,"
Chander said. London, PTI
Online travel agencies decline on rival promotion
Shares of online travel companies fell Wednesday after privately held
Travelocity followed rivals Priceline.com Inc. and Expedia Inc. in
eliminating booking fees for domestic and international flights.
Travelocity is a subsidiary of Sabre Holdings Corp., which also
provides services to travel agents and airline companies through its
Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Airline Solutions divisions.
Last week, Expedia Inc. announced a deal that cancels booking fees on
flights through May 31. The company was following in the footsteps of
Priceline, which has gained market share since removing its air booking
fees nearly two years ago. Travelocity's promotion also ends on May 31.
Late Tuesday, Citi Investment Research analyst Mark Mahaney said
Travelocity's new move counters the benefits of Expedia's promotion,
which now may hurt the company's profits without significantly boosting
market share. New York