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Sustainability
Sustainable hotels

At Virgin Holidays, we want our suppliers to live up to our values, by meeting the standards of our Responsible Supplier Policy.

Our Responsible Supplier Policy sets out the minimum requirements and ongoing expectations on sustainability, making sure people who work in a destination are treat well, the environment is respected, and local communities benefit from tourism.

  

People and planet-friendly hotels

Key topics that we work with our hotel partners on are:

  • Reducing carbon emission
  • Combatting modern slavery and trafficking
  • Waste management, including getting rid of plastics
  • Sourcing good food, including sustainable seafood, beef, soy and palm oil
  • Equal treatment for everyone, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, disabilities etc.

We encourage all hotels to get certified by an organisation recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, such as Travelife. This means they are meeting minimum standards and are measuring and managing their performance to keep improving. We believe this creates a better experience for you, a better experience for local communities and a better impact on the planet overall.

   

  

  

  

Caribbean diversity and inclusion training

In 2018, we successfully trialled some diversity and inclusion training within our hotels in Barbados. In partnership with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), 188 hotel staff and hospitality students in Barbados were trained on how to give the best guest care, focusing on a range of areas including gender, LGBT+, race, disability, and religion. After the training, participants have been more aware and open minded towards guests with different needs and perspectives.

What can I do?

Help keep holiday destinations beautiful and the people living in them happy to see you, by applying some Human Nature of your own.

  • Water is precious — use it carefully. Don't leave taps running, take showers instead of baths and reuse your towels.
  • Save energy and cut down on CO2 by switching off lights, fans, air-conditioning and chargers when you’re not in your room.
  • Get out and explore beyond your hotel. Support the local economy by sampling regional dishes at locally owned restaurants, buy locally produced food and drink or souvenirs that are genuinely made in the area.
  • Take reuseable shopping bags if you’re picking up a few treats, or reusable water bottles (or filter bottles) to fill up if you’re going somewhere drinking water isn’t available on tap. A portable, reuseable coffee cup will also save on the need for plastic-lined paper cups too.
  • Think before you throw. Take your rubbish to a bin or back to your hotel with you, and look for local recycling opportunities. Really toxic things like used batteries should be bought back to the UK where they can be safely recycled.
  • Avoid buying souvenirs made from shells, turtle shell, coral or any other wildlife — you'll be contributing to their exploitation and some of it will be illegal to bring home.
  • “And remember, you can reduce your carbon footprint by ‘offsetting your flight’. For more information visit https://www.virginatlantic.com/hk/en/sustainability/carbon.html