ISO/TS 13811:2015 Tourism and related services -- Guidelines on developing environmental specifications for accommodation establishments

A new set of guidelines for accommodation establishments will not only help them minimize their impact on the environment but make a more positive contribution to our world. 

While tourism has a number of benefits, the impact on the environment is not always as beneficial. The resources we consume as a result of staying in tourist accommodation are often much greater than that if we stayed at home.

But a new set of guidelines from ISO aims to help reduce the negative impacts of accommodation establishments, while retaining the benefits of tourism and even adding a few more.

Developed by TC 228, whose secretariat is held by AENOR and INNORPI, ISO's members in Spain and Tunisia, ISO/TS 13811, Guidelines on developing environmental specifications for accommodation establishments aims to help conserve the natural environment and its biodiversity, taking into account specific local conditions.

It is the result of collaborative work by experts from a number of national standardization bodies and international partners such as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and HOTREC.

The guidelines outline a number of things that accommodation establishments can do to reduce their impact, including conserving their use of resources, reducing pollution and better managing their waste, as well as ways they can make a positive contribution to the area. This includes things such as restoring natural areas of scenic beauty and educating staff, clients and the community, of the important role they too can play.

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