Tourism calls for green projects

International Business Leaders Forum looks for ways to address climate change, energy and water wastage issues

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By  Gemma Greenwood Published  October 14, 2006

The Middle East’s construction, travel and tourism industries are being encouraged to foster sustainable practices in building design. The International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) Tourism Partnership, which helps travel and tourism-related companies “make a valuable contribution to the cultures and countries in which they operate”, has highlighted the Middle East as one of the key regions where examples of good practice are required in order to develop generic guidelines for their peers worldwide. “I hope that in the Middle East we can bring the industry together and look at ways to address the issue of climate change and energy and water wastage,” said Lyndall de Marco, director, IBLF Tourism Partnership. “There are some wonderful examples of engineering and intelligent energy-saving facilities and what we would like very much is to work with the construction and development communities [in the region]. I would like to get property developers around a table and work out what can be done collectively.” UK-based IBLF Tourism Partnership currently boasts 12 hotel members equating to 11,000 properties worldwide. They include international chains such as Marriott, Hilton, Rezidor SAS, Starwood, Four Seasons, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, as well as Dubai-based hotel group, Jumeirah. De Marco added she was keen for hotels and developers to share ideas to help the tourism industry address issues such as poverty alleviation and human rights and to build them into their company framework. The organisation recently published the Sustainable Hotel Siting, Design and Construction guidelines, which provide a single point of reference for planners, investors, hotel owners and developers. It was compiled using examples of best practice from IBLF members.

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