A ‘rubbish’ map

Cyprus Waste‘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.Chryso Demetriou - waste mapping

“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.

Recipe for a Thai Scoping Trip

Thailand_Andaman Discoveries

In November, two members of the Travel Foundation team headed to Thailand to conduct research into a potential new programme of activities. Below Melissa Bellamy and Suzannah Newham have provided the recipe for their scoping trip…


  • 1 destination (the stunning Andaman Coast – Phuket and Phang Nga)
  • 2 flights (on the Thomson Dreamliner)
  • 3 hotels
  • 14 thunderstorms
  • 1148km driven (1130 by car and 18 by bike, in rain and shine)
  • 1 trek in flip flops (to see the ‘Big Tree’)
  • 1 trek in smart work shoes (to see a waterfall in Khao Lak National Park)
  • 5 different types of boat (speedboats, a local commuter boat, ferry boat, long tail boats and kayaks)
  • 72 contacts (including representatives from Andaman Discoveries, Centara, Destination Services, Hotel Beds, IUCN, JW Marriott, Khiri Travel, Khao Lak National Park, Phuket Adventures, Phuket Marine Biological Research Centre, Phuket Nature Tours, Sensi-Mar, Thaimueang Community Based Tourism group, Thaimueang National Park, TUI, Wild Asia, WWF-Thailand, as well as some key individuals and a variety of local communities).

Step 1

While in Thailand, combine all ingredients at 30 degrees (the average November temperature in Phuket) and allow to sweat in 85% humidity for approximately 2 weeks. Add a pinch of humour and a good dusting of inspiration, to taste.

Thailand - Dragon BoatsStep 2

Back in the UK, blend trip findings together and allow to marinate for a further few weeks. Skim impurities to reveal a clearer, cleaner final concept.

Step 3

Turn out a focused set of objectives.

Roll these out across 4 key areas (solid waste management in hotels, beach management and turtle protection, carrying capacities for hot spots within national parks, best practice in marine excursions).

The outcome of this recipe will be available on the Travel Foundation website in early 2015.Thailand_MelissaSusie

Beekeepers in Mexico welcome donation of worm boxes

Beekeepers at our Melipona bee project in Mexico are benefiting from a donation of 15 worm composting boxes and one ton of worm fertilizer thanks to local NGO Aldea Verde.

Much Kaab Cooperative beekeepers with Francisco Niembro, Aldea Verde CEO (second from left) and Yuri Flores, the Travel Foundation's Mexico Programme Coordinator (right)

Much Kaab Cooperative beekeepers with Francisco Niembro, Aldea Verde CEO (second from left) and Yuri Flores, the Travel Foundation’s Mexico Programme Coordinator (right)

The new equipment will allow Much Kaab Cooperative to deal with waste generated at home and as a result of their soap and skincare production. The worm boxes will produce organic, chemical-free fertilizer, which can be used to improve soil conditions in the group’s bee nursery and vegetable gardens.

Aldea Verde CEO Francisco Niembro presented the donation in person, and delivered a workshop to give the beekeepers a better understanding of vermiculture and worm handling, and how this will benefit the Melipona bee project.

Much Kaab Cooperative member Adelaida Puc

Much Kaab Cooperative member Adelaida Puc

The alliance between Aldea Verde and the beekeeping cooperative is a result of Green Pledges arranged by the Travel Foundation at Green Expo 2013 in Mexico, with the aim of creating links between NGOs, local producers and the travel industry.

Compostamex and Palace Resorts helped with logistics, as the donation had to travel from the centre of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula.