What the World Rhino Day taught us.

Posted by Collen on Tue October 27, 2015 in Responsible Tourism & Environmental News.


Being an environmentally friendly hotel has its perks, like following certain Responsible Tourism guidelines to cement us as leaders in our field. These guidelines help shape what Vaalnest calls an Alluring nature experience with a touch of tranquillity, this is what guests are promised to get when visiting our hotel. When World Rhino Day was celebrated on the 22nd of September 2015, Vaalnest shared some thoughts on the event and how this will shape the future of this planet as far as animals are concerned. The future is now and we have pledged to conserve the environment in all the operations we do. Let us protect our environment that includes the animals that dwell within, this must be primary concern to all nations across the globe. Here’s our main priorities made by Vaalnest since its operation as part of Responsible Tourism:

  • Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production: The methodology included the compiling of detailed electrical balances and noting areas for increased optimisation.
  • Human Capital Development and Investment: Vaalnest Boutique Hotel pledges to invest in its employee’s futures and to promote from within. Making use of SETA’s training and development courses, Vaalnest’s workforce is fully qualified and continuously encouraged to grow and develop in the Hospitality and Customer related fields.
  • Conservation: Vaalnest Boutique Hotel has taken a pledge to reducing its carbon footprint and taking care of the environment within its reach, thus plant 400 trees across the country with the help from our visitors.

We work within the Boundaries of Responsible Tourism, and have as strategic working system to achieve goals set within our mission statement. As such we take pride in our service and continue to invest in overall excellent customer service at all times when it comes to accommodation.

The beginning of this year saw major changes at Vaalnest, with continued research relating to conservation, we think all institutions and major role players in the hospitality industry must adhere to various environmental policies. It is said the quality of the environment, both natural and man-made, is essential to tourism. However, tourism's relationship with the environment is complex and has always been that way for many years. Changes and effects on the environment are felt across the globe and continue to do so even today. These changes involve many activities that can have adverse environmental effects. Many of these impacts are linked with the construction of general infrastructure such as roads and airports, and of tourism facilities, including resorts, hotels, restaurants, shops, golf courses and marinas. The negative impacts of tourism development can gradually destroy the environmental resources on which it depends on. So let’s conserve the environment by being responsible, all major business and upcoming entrepreneurs must practice Responsible Tourism by following guidelines that can protect your business and further creates a sustainable environment in which your business can operate without damaging the environment.

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