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Issue 5
November 2019
In this edition:
  1.  New tools for hotels available online
  2. Past Events
  3. Upcoming events
  4. New partner joining the project
  5. Videos - Businesses in Action
  6. Publications
  7. In the News 

 Updates on the project tools for hotels and MICE! (available online)

We are please to the new and upcoming versions of the tools developed by the project: 

- the Resource Efficiency Data and Performance Monitoring Tool. It allows hotels, conference centers, and supporting organizations to collect data about resource efficiency and monitor their performance over time. This will help identify opportunities to reduce resource consumption as well as track if improvement actions are having positive effects. The most recent version of the tools includes new modules on: GHG emissions, food waste, and plastics

- the GACMO Hotel mitigation tool for estimating GHG Emissions. It allows tourism businesses to identify, assess, and compare mitigation measures of energy-related GHG emissions. The tool estimates GHG emissions reduction potential and costs associated with specific mitigation options. The upcoming version of the tool will allow for a more flexible use, from beginners to experts on climate change.   

Download the tools (also available in Spanish)
  Past Events
Kalikasan Green Productivity, Green Purchasing Towards Green Philippines Conference, Quezon City, 5-6 November 2019
The Kalikasan Green Productivity, Green Purchasing, towards a Green Philippines (KGP3) Conference aimed to increase awareness and engagement in initiatives linked sustainable business management, sustainable tourism, and sustainable forest management. 
As a biennial event hosted by The Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, this year's theme was "Doing More with Less for a Climate Smart Economy: An Inclusive Growth for Tourism Industry and Upland Community." The KGP3 conference was attended by heads and representatives of government, academics, civil sector organizations, and businesses in the fields of trade and industry, tourism, forestry and environment,
Do you want to participate in future events or learn more about the project in the Philippines? Please contact Kiko E. Velhagen.
New webinar series launched on tourism and plastics, 29 October 2019
The Transforming Tourism Value Chains project has launched in partnership with the One Planet Network and UNWTO  a new series of webinar on tourism and plastics. The first webinar “Addressing plastic pollution in tourism destinations” organized on the 29th of October aimed to discuss how destinations can assess and reduce plastic pollution by improving their planning and management. The 120 participants also learnt more about existing alternatives to plastic to revisit procurement strategies.  The webinar also explored how the tourism sector can become a catalyzer for change and how to find innovative solutions to address plastic pollution and marine litter. To watch the first webinar, please click here.
Do you want to receive more information about the upcoming webinars? Please contact Maelys Nizan.
Energy efficiency & conservation training for the hospitality industry, Manila, the Philippines, 18 October 2019
As part of its efforts to make the tourism sector more resource efficient, the Transforming Tourism Value Chain project has collaborated with the Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) to conduct a third seminar on energy efficiency & conservation for the hospitality industry. The training explored new opportunities for energy efficiency, how to implement energy efficiency and conservation, as well as energy efficiency policy and financing.

Do you want to participate in upcoming trainings or learn more about the project in the Philippines? Please contact Kiko E. Velhagen.
Sustainable gastronomy workshop, Puerto Plata,  the Dominican Republic, 10 October 2019
The sustainable gastronomy workshop aimed to raise awareness on the importance of sustainable food and food waste reduction. Its objective was to support the second systemic solution of the Dominican Republic roadmap   by providing methods to measure and reduce food waste in hotels. The workshop also introduced  the concept of sustainable gastronomy by training chefs, cuisine staff and hotel managers to encourage the adoption of sustainable procurement practices when buying food products. The workshop was supported by Dominican Chefs Association (ADOCHEF) and the Feed the Planet initiative which aims to inspire sustainable food consumption among communities and culinary professionals.

Do you want to participate in a workshop or learn more about the project in the Dominican Republic? Please contact Eddy Rosado.
 Upcoming Events
Fourth Caribbean International Tourism Conference
Theme: Nagivating the Destination of the Future
Date:  11th to 13th December 2019
Location: Cave Hill campus, 
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Don't forget to tag us @TransformTrsm and to also use the hashtag #TransformingTourism during your events. 

 New partner joining the project

Melia Hotels Group joins the Transforming Tourism Value Chains project in the Dominican Republic, 18 October 2019
Melia Hotels Group has just joined to the Transforming Tourism Value Chains project in the Dominican Republic. The group  has agreed to provide relevant data to advance resource efficiency and low carbon tourism in their hotels and benefit from capacity building and knowledge sharing within the project.

Do you also want to join the project in the Dominican Republic? Please contact Eddy Rosado.
  Videos - Businesses in Action
Integrating sustainability at Nature's Village Hotel
UN Environment - Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development
Integrating sustainability at villas by Eco Hotel
UN Environment - Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development


The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2019 
Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)

This report highlights growing consumer demand for sustainable travel experiences and analyzes the role businesses and destinations play in mainstreaming responsible tourism. 
Megatrends Shaping the Future of Travel: 2019 Edition
Euromonitor International 

This report looks at the top trends impacting travel globally and how some of the leading players are responding to consumer demands for transparent, ethical and authentic travel experiences. 

 In the News 

The future of sustainable tourism may lie with all-inclusive resorts
CNN Travel
The Transforming Tourism project
UN Environment and its partners with support of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety have launched the project: "Transforming Tourism Value Chains in developing countries and small island developing states (SIDS) to accelerate more resource efficient, low carbon development"

The project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resource efficiency in three tourism value chains:
  • food and beverage
  • accommodation
  • Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE)
To learn more about the project
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This newsletter provides case studies and examples from the Transforming Tourism project to demonstrate good practice in action. However, it is important to note that while the project companies have shown an improvement in the sustainability of their operations, and companies received capacity building for implementation of action plans; neither UN Environment nor any of the other project partners verified the self-assessments provided. Furthermore, while this newsletter lists the names of the project companies, neither UN Environment nor any other project partner specifically endorses these companies.

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