Responsible TourismCommunity of sustainable properties under Small Luxury Hotels of the World goes the extra eco mile.

Eco-conscious hospitality awaits at Considerate Collection

A stay in Gangtey Lodge's Farmhouse Suites in carbon-negative Bhutan.
A stay in Gangtey Lodge's Farmhouse Suites in carbon-negative Bhutan. Photo Credit: SLH

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has launched the Considerate Collection, a community of 26 actively sustainable luxury hotels going the extra eco mile, "making it easier for customers and the travel trade to make better-considered choices".

Daniel Luddington, VP of Development, Small Luxury Hotels of the World said, "Staying in small, independent hotels goes hand in hand with travelling sustainably and all SLH hotels are already steeped in the many facets of sustainable hospitality, so we haven't had to look far outside of our portfolio for the launch collection."

To quickly identify this group of initial properties under the Considerate Collection online, hotels the likes of the biodiversity-promoting Keemala in Thailand to the culture-preserving Gangtey Lodge in carbon-negative Bhutan are stamped with a sage leaf and include dedicated content outlining various sustainability initiatives.

These boutique properties follow a framework mapped by the United Nations-backed Global Sustainable Tourism Council, focusing on three key pillars: Community Minded, Cultural Custodians and Environmentally Conscious.

This latest move adds to SLH's long-term brand sustainability vision, such as working with hospitality sustainability consultancy, The Considerate Group, to develop bespoke toolkits to support its more than 520 member hotels in 90 countries.

SLH's quality inspection reports, carried out annually by its international mystery hotel inspectors (all SLH hotel guests), has also been revamped and is currently being trialled to include a 60-point Considerate module focusing on customer-facing, and front of house initiatives.

Even corporate head office policies are being scrutinised, to include implementing volunteer days for staff and the launch of a partnership with social change and reforestation charity, TreeSisters, among other initiatives.

As well, each SLH room night booked and stayed using an SLH INVITED member rate includes a donation to plant a minimum of three trees with TreeSisters — which has so far funded the planting of more than 19 million trees across 12 locations in Brazil, Borneo, Cameroon, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar, Nepal and West Papua.

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