Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day as international observance on September 27. As the progressive shift towards post-pandemic lifestyles becomes more apparent throughout the world, people are re-visiting plans for family reunions around the globe. This in turn has kickstarted the road to recovery for the tourism and growth of hospitality industries at large. World Tourism Organization has therefore designated World Tourism Day 2021 as a day to focus on “Tourism for Inclusive Growth.”
As the hospitality industry begins to bounce back, its primary focus is on responsible and sustainable tourism for all. Below are hotels and resorts that are rethinking their future, pushing for a more sustainable living approach for their communities and guests.
Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
Located at the center of the crescent of The Palm in Dubai, Atlantis, The Palm has become one of the world’s leading destination resorts. Sitting on 113 beachfront acres, Atlantis is home to one of the largest waterparks in the world, extravagant dining and nightlife and bucket list experiences.
As its commitment to sustainability, the resort has launched Atlantis Atlas Project. In order to become a more efficient, effective, and responsible organization, the resort promises to reduce its environmental footprint, support nature and wildlife conservation, and become a socially and environmentally responsible tourism destination. Through education and awareness, responsible operations and more, to date, Atlantis, The Palm is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is also EarthCheck certified.
Zemi Beach House, Anguilla
A luxury, boutique hotel on Shoal Bay East, Zemi Beach House invites travelers to experience all the island has to offer, from rich, Caribbean cuisine, to relaxing wellness experiences and handpicked rum, all while committing to sustainability.
Through Zemi’s initiatives such as using natural materials and sustainable woods, smart technology, and eco-friendly practices, and conservation efforts such as sourcing local foods, preserving native plants, and more, Zemi stays committed to sustainability. Its award-winning Zemi Thai House Spa is nestled inside an authentic Thai House that was transported from Thailand to Anguilla in the 1980s and carefully restored on-island.
Positioned on the pristine beaches of Shoal Bay West, Altamer Resort features two private villas, with the third villa, Blue Diamond reopening November 1st. Spanning over 13,000 square feet and featuring 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, the Blue Diamond can accommodate a total of 11 guests. The luxury resort boasts plenty of indoor and outdoor space and gives guests private beachfront access to Anguilla’s pristine beaches, a heated swimming pool, spacious pool deck with chaise lounges, umbrellas and a hammock, an outdoor covered terrace with living and dining space, and rooftop terrace with 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and St. Martin.
In an effort to support Anguilla’s natural environment and ecosystems, Altamer Resort has committed to offset carbon emissions from all guests traveling to and from Altamer as part of the inclusion in all future bookings. The resort explores energy efficiency, water efficiency, natural and organic bath amenities, eco-friendly cleaning services, and contribute to zero waste efforts.