‘Waste mapping’ is something hotels can do to minimise waste, save money and plan for sustainable management of waste. It’s about identifying the sources, types and quantities of waste produced… and taking simple actions to reduce it.
During May the Travel Foundation delivered two interactive workshops to key employees of Louis Hotels in Protaras and Pafos. The staff were eager to implement the waste mapping tool, which they were quick to identify as important to their daily work. A group of ten people from each hotel were represented, including the hotel managers from all seven participating hotels.
The Cyprus Destination Partnership will be working closely with Louis Hotels throughout 2015 to support them in developing interventions to reduce waste at each of their hotel properties. The aim is to trial and improve the guide and tool on waste mapping, with insights, ideas and images from Louis Hotels, before introducing them more widely within the hotel industry in Cyprus.
“The waste mapping project running in our hotel looks very interesting. It will help us to identify which department generates more waste, and find ways to reduce it. Also with this program we can give our suggestions and ideas for waste reduction and management.”
– Demetriou Chryso, Floor Supervisor, Louis Imperial Beach Hotel
The practical implementation to trial the tool will start in late May and end in October. During those months we will analyse the waste data, incorporate suggestions from the staff and create a practical and easy to use mapping tool.
Our Taste of Fethiye project brings hotels and producers together to ensure tourists can enjoy fresh local food while benefiting the region’s agricultural industry. In May the project saw its largest celebration to date, with the popular biannual craft fair turning into a music festival, bringing culture and gastronomy together.
“Taste of Fethiye craft fair has become one of the most looked for attractions in Kaya Village both by the locals and visitors,”
Says Semsi Topak, from our overseas team.
“We’ve cooperated with Fethiye Promotion and Introduction Foundation (FETAV) to organize the craft fair as an event that would be also a part of 8th Fethiye Festival. Musicians including Los Vegabundos, Scott Jeffers and Ahmet Erarslan cleared the rust in the audience’s ears.”
“This year Fethiye Mayor Behcet Saatci visited the craft fair with his deputy Mete Atay. They were very happy with the ongoing overall success of the Taste of Fethiye project and called for a meeting to talk about the future and sustainability of the project in more detail.”
His colleague Vicky Erdogan added:
“The weather was stunning, blue skies and warm but not too hot and the stallholders enjoyed the day and made good sales. We had the most stalls booked to date… 100 tables selling a range of handmade items from wood carvings, felt hats, jewelry, painted pebbles, ceramics to local food such as stuffed vine leaves and pastries.
Many stall holders asked ‘why can’t we do this every month?’.
Working in partnership with the Fethiye Festival was a good opportunity for the craft fair and I also believe added an extra dimension to the festival too… hopefully this partnership can continue each May.”