How to spot a green resort
03 June 2009 06:25
A green holiday expert has distributed tips to travel insurance customers concerned about their trip's environmental and ethical impact.
Bucuti Beach Resort owner Ewald Biemans has built up his Aruba accommodation to be a benchmark for eco-minded destinations over the course of 25 years.
He said facilities that encourage guests to help protect the environment are a good choice, adding staff training is essential if hotels and hostels are to call themselves green.
Mr Biemans suggested holidaymakers look to the company's staff and guides, as well as at its gift shop for signs it is committed to helping the community.
If it employs locals and stocks crafts native to the area there is a good chance the facility benefits the society in which it is situated.
Travellers are also urged to check if the resort harnesses renewable energy and participates in waste reduction practices.
"Many resorts brand themselves as eco-friendly but with a little digging, travellers can sift through the greenwashed resorts and find the resorts truly dedicated to being green," a Bucuti Beach Resort statement read.
In other news, UK flight operator British Airways is to resume merger talks with Iberia, according to the Daily Telegraph.