Barbados’ travel and tourism businesses are doing their part to create a greener, more sustainable Barbados, and visitors with a passion for giving back are afforded many opportunities to play their part during their stay.
Over the years, Barbados has taken strides to implement sustainability projects with the three P’s at the forefront: People, Planet and Profit. The CHENACT Project of 2009-2010, implemented by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, targeted small and medium-sized hotels in Barbados and other islands with a challenge to seek more affordable and energy-efficient resources. For example:
Green Globe Company Standard is an international body performing assessments on the sustainability of tourism businesses. This certification has been attained by local hotels which have made greener steps towards the future in ways such as composting restaurant waste and using energy-efficient fluorescent light bulbs. Radisson Aquatica Resort, Turtle Beach Hotel and Colony Club Hotel are among those certified.
Travel Life is another international accommodation sustainability programme, where over 1500 hotels have pledged to take a sustainable tourism approach towards their financial and social impact. Worthing Cove Apartment Hotel, Southern Palms Beach Club and Time Out Hotel are Travel Life members.
Added to what is being done by locals - charities, non-governmental organisations and small initiatives welcome visitors willing to donate their time with open arms. Where can you play your Part?