Reflecting on Summer of Farming and Its Lessons for Sustainable Hospitality

ไธ€    Radhika Arapally
|    September 12, 2023

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Our Founder, Radhika Arapally returned to Dubai after a transformative journey in India, where she immersed herself in crop cultivation, unearthing valuable insights that resonate with the principles of sustainable and regenerative tourism.

1) ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€: One pivotal revelation was the centrality of water in agriculture. Witnessing crop wastage due to inadequate water during crucial growth stages was eye-opening. Are we optimizing water conservation efforts in our hotel operations? The recent release of the Destination Water Risk Index DWRI by the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance beckons us to ponder and benchmark our hotel performance, mitigating water risks in hospitality.

2) ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด-๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€:
She noticed the delicate balance between short-term and long-term approaches, each with its own complexity. Many farmers prioritize quick, one-season returns, relying on excessive pesticide use. This mirrors the challenges faced by hoteliers when deciding between short-term fixes and long-term budget considerations.

3) ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ž๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป:
Sharing knowledge and translating it into action became evident during my journey. An image of an organic medicinal pond showcases the potential of natural remedies for plants. This wisdom, accessible to older generations, lacks a central hub for sharing and proactive promotion. Only a few leaders have embraced this valuable knowledge.

In the hospitality industry, we possess abundant resources, including the Net Positive Hospitality, Hotel Sustainability Basics and Dubai Tourism DET 19 Sustainability guidelines.

๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น๐—น ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น?

You can read on our post to know further on other opinions and comments from our farming experience.

Following our interest in regenerative agriculture, we have visited a farm in UAE covering 225,000 meter square (61 acres); and you can read about our experience in blog here.

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