Sedgebrook Hall and The Venues Collection are happy to say we’re making sustainable changes and eco-conscious decisions in our venue, here’s why sustainability is important in the Hospitality industry.
Increased pollution, over-consumption and natural habitat loss are just a few of the issues that can be caused by the impact of tourism. That’s why sustainability is important in the Hospitality industry, but it’s also important for helping businesses to make changes that focus on cost-effective and energy-efficient operational changes.
Sustainable practices within the hospitality industry are a huge win for customers when deciding whether they are going to book with a business or not. There has been an upturn in trends showing that guests are likely to spend more money on their accommodation if it means protecting the environment and following sustainable practices.
Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry
1. Improves Customer Experience
Sustainability within the hospitality industry allows customers to feel as if they are making a positive contribution to the environment whilst encouraging them to return and embrace the environmentally friendly environment
Guests have become more aware of the impact that the hospitality industry has on the environment, which is why it is so important for businesses to operate sustainably to improve the customer experience.
Having businesses invest in technology that reduces and recycles materials is a sustainable operational method and is a popular attribute to consumers. This could often include solar panels, LED light bulbs, smart wifi power trips and many more.
2. Reduces Waste
Reducing the amount of waste that a hotel or restaurant creates can prevent the amount of pollution caused by reducing the need to harvest raw materials, reducing energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
There are many ways in which hospitality venues can limit their waste. From sourcing produce locally, to cutting down food waste and recycling litter, reducing waste is a popular and easy sustainable practice for organisations to adopt.
3. Energy Consumption
Restaurants and hotels use the most amount of energy compared to any other business due to their use of technology. The constant use of lighting, air conditioning and kitchen appliances all have an impact on improving customer experience whilst drastically affecting the environment.
Reducing the amount of energy your hospitality venue uses not only benefits the environment but it also can reduce the daily room rate and your energy costs, which encourages guests to book at a cost-effective price.
4. Stronger Brand Image
Sustainability is also important for the hospitality industry because it will increase the brand’s image in the eyes of your visitors. Individuals are naturally drawn towards an organisation if it has a good contribution to the environment
Venues within the hotel industry are soon realising the importance of adopting green practices within the way they operate as it benefits their brand image leading to long term profits for the business.
5. Cost Effective
Organisations within the hospitality industry operate with certain sustainable strategies in place that allow them to reduce their running costs and allows them to make money. Environmental strategies such as recycling and reusing waste are put in place to improve the businesses’ environmental performance and to reduce regular outgoings.
Having an organisation reduce the amount of unnecessary waste and reuse materials helps to reduce expenses and energy prices leading to an increase in profits.
There are many economical and ecological benefits to an organisation within the hospitality industry adopting sustainable practices, the most important being that the business will have a good contribution to the environment and it will also encourage guests to visit the business leading to long term growth and success.
Why Sustainability is Important in the Hospitality Industry
- Improves Customer Experience
- Reduces Waste
- Energy Consumption
- Stronger Brand Image
- Cost Effective
Our Sustainable Venue in Northampton
Sedgebrook Hall is part of The Venues Collection, which are working hard to create sustainable spaces for meetings, events and leisure. That’s why the Future First Charter was created to ensure all of our venues are working towards reducing our impact on the planet. The Future First Charter includes ‘Menus for Change’ which focuses on using fresh and seasonal products for food through the venue, whether you’re joining us for a meeting, event or in our restaurant. We are also working on increasing more foods being ethically sourced, working towards zero waste and have created plant-forward menus to reduce our kitchen’s impact on the environment.
We understand how important sustainability is for the hospitality industry and how by making changes in our venues we can have an impact on our corner of the world. Our corporate events will follow the ‘Meetings for Change’ initiative which includes reducing food waste – you’ll find our water is flavoured with fruit peelings from our kitchen, we’re reducing plastic use by replacing pens with pencils, and we’ll also be placing stationary on a table within your room rather than handing out a note pad to each delegate to reduce waste.
Our sustainable commitments benefit everyone around us, from creating a wonderful place for our employees to work in, to creating a flexible and sustainable environment to welcome our guests into. All of our actions and activities are considered making sure to adopt a sustainable approach to supporting the wellbeing and future of the planet.
Find out more about our sustainable commitments at Sedgebrook Hall and The Venues Collection.
If you would like to take a step towards a sustainable corporate event or would like to find out more information on how our venue follows sustainable practices, then please get in touch.