| Green Travel News |
Several travel booking websites now call out eco-friendly lodgings, but in a world-first, not only is the Netherlands-based BookDifferent revealing which hotels have a valid green certification—they are also publishing nearly 600,000 hotels’ carbon emissions.
Each hotel will have a icon listing the number of kilos of CO² emitted per night stayed.
“By showing the carbon footprint icons we give consumers a voice, enabling them to choose to stay in a hotel with a small carbon footprint,” says Lonneke de Kort of BookDifferent. “I expect that because of this more hotel owners will start actively improving their CO² management.”
She also foresees that the introduction of this carbon footprint feature will have a positive effect on further sustainable development of the tourism industry.
Adds de Kort: “Travelers can now enjoy comfort and local food in a beautiful setting with respect for both people and nature. With a 100 percent best price guarantee BookDifferent proves that going green on your holiday doesn’t also involve having to pay more.”
The carbon footprint is calculated by means of a mathematical formula developed by the Breda University of Applied Sciences (NHTV) in cooperation with BookDifferent and the Dutch tourism sector as a part of a “carbon management for tour operators” (CARMATOP) project.
A version of this post originally appeared on totemtourism.com and was written by Valere Tjolle.