Accommodation in Con Dao simultaneously implements plastic waste reduction in tourism business activities

Monday - 13/05/2024 17:09
In order to create a green breakthrough and sustainable development in the tourism industry, hotels in Con Dao district (Ba Ria - Vung Tau province) are gradually phasing out single-use plastic products with support from relevant parties.
On average, Con Dao generates about 15 tons of household waste per day. Over 70,000 tons of waste in Con Dao have not been properly treated. In addition to the household waste from the central island, Con Dao district also has to deal with a large amount of waste from the ocean that washes up on the beaches and smaller islands.
The presence of glass water bottles has completely eliminated plastic items in the hotel rooms. Photo: The Secret Hotel Con Dao

Starting with pre-packaged plastic water bottles, the most commonly used product in the tourism industry, The Secret Hotel Con Dao has decided to invest in a certified water filtration system to provide drinking water for guests.
According to The Secret Hotel Con Dao, from the early days of its establishment, the hotel has implemented activities to minimize plastic waste and protect the environment. Specific actions include using environmentally friendly materials for toothpaste, soap, and toothbrushes; minimizing plastic bags from suppliers and serving customers with paper bags.
Meetings and conferences at The Secret Hotel Con Dao are served with glass water bottles.
In recent years, visitors to Con Dao hotels have noticed many changes in the space and service. Not only do hotel guests stay, but also customers participating in meetings and conferences are familiar with being provided and served with glass water bottles and cups. For the front desk and lobby area, the main focus is on replacing plastic items in the welcoming and farewell process. The hotel rooms are equipped with glass water bottles, fabric bags for dirty clothes, large bottles for shampoo and body wash... These changes have made guests very satisfied and eager to return here more often.
 Hoang Gia Con Dao Hotel has hot and cold water machines on each floor for guests to use instead of bottled mineral water in each room.
Nicobar Con Dao Hotel replaced plastic water bottles with glass cups from the early days of operation.
Plastic reduction handbooks are provided for guests to refer to for their green journey in Con Dao.
Con Dao House creatively utilizes unused plastic cups to create decorative items.
Switching to paper cups to serve guests, plastic cups, instead of being thrown away, have now become a special part of Con Dao House.

Starting with small changes, pioneering hotels will set the stage for larger green breakthroughs to reduce the burden on the environment in general and plastic waste management in particular for sustainable tourism development.
Small actions, big meaning
COVID-19 is a challenge but also a "break" for the global tourism industry. Con Dao is no exception. After returning to the new normal state, tourism begins to recover, and accommodation facilities are also redeveloping their infrastructure and building strategies that align with health-oriented travel trends. Green tourism is increasingly becoming a global trend. International tourists today also have stricter requirements when choosing accommodation because they care about health and environmental protection. Therefore, accommodations are gradually paying attention to reducing single-use plastic waste in the tourism industry.

Personal kits for guests at Tuan Ninh Hotel Con Dao are now packed in paper bags instead of plastic as before.
Tuan Ninh Con Dao Hotel has converted all shampoo into large bottles for serving guests.

Thai Binh Con Dao Hotel and messages calling for tourists to join hands in protecting the environment.
"Green" space at Velar Hotel Con Dao.
From the alternatives to single-use plastic products, businesses can reduce the cost of purchasing unnecessary items, as well as the cost of waste collection and disposal. This also helps to create a positive image in the eyes of tourists and makes it easier to reach eco-friendly customer groups In the near future, Con Dao tourism will implement a program to enhance awareness through communication activities and promotional video clips showcasing the eco-friendly tourism of the locality on various channels and social media platforms. In addition, activities and products that meet green criteria, without plastic waste, will be further developed to contribute to building a green, clean, and beautiful environment in Con Dao.
With the direction of tourism development linked to green growth, the Con Dao tourism industry is developing guidelines for reducing the use of single-use plastics and non-biodegradable nylon at tourism service establishments. These guidelines aim to encourage hotels and accommodation facilities in the area to implement solutions to minimize plastic waste, aiming to build a green image for their establishments. The development of Con Dao's tourism image as a safe, friendly, and attractive destination for domestic and international tourists is also emphasized.

Author: Xuan Da

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