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) 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀: 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) 𝗕𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗟𝗼𝗻𝗴-𝗧𝗲𝗿𝗺 𝗚𝗼𝗮𝗹𝘀:
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) 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗹𝗲𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻:
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.
𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗹 𝗽𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹?