According to travel experts at The International Ecotourism Society, Australia and Costa Rica are examples of destinations that do a good job of making sure eco-friendly businesses really are friendly to the environment. Other destinations, however, are in need of more oversight.
Westin is expanding its role beyond that of a hospitality company by providing personal resources with a new online effort. The chain's new Web site, www.FindRenewal.com, and in-room TV channel will offer advice on "simple and meaningful ways to enrich [guests'] lives."
While ecotourism is increasing in popularity, travel experts are meeting in Norway to discuss the future of the industry that may be doomed by its own success. "There is no other industry that has more to gain or to lose from climate change," said Alexi Huntley of Costa Rica-based Nature Air, which invests in projects to counteract carbon dioxide emissions.
The laundry room can a place where hotels set themselves above the rest, maximizing bed and bath comfort with soft linens and towels. Effective cleansing requires washing linens at an optimal temperature and making sure not to cram too many items into a single load.
A point system, much like one used in Canada, is being considered as a key feature in immigration reform for the U.S. The system would award visas based on factors including education, age, job skills and English proficiency and would represent a radical change from the current system.