Two not-for-profits team up to provide green scholarships to help the hospitality sector implement sustainable tourism strategies
Those operating in the hospitality industry may now be able to access sustainable training to help implement green tourism strategies for their businesses thanks to a new partnership between Green Tourism and the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland.
They can apply for The Green Tourism Scholarship, which has been launched this month (November) by HIT Scotland – the not-for-profit organisation working to improve hospitality standards through scholarship and bursary programmes – and will be delivered in partnership with Green Tourism, the world’s largest sustainable certification programme of its kind.
According to Green Tourism, the scholarship comes at a time when practising sustainable initiatives is being proven to generate significant economic benefits for hospitality businesses and local communities, as well as providing a more enjoyable experience for tourists by creating meaningful connections with local people.
It says the training will offer scholars the chance to see first-hand the positive results a sustainable approach can have on hospitality and tourism businesses around the UK and internationally.
It will also look at global sustainability and draw on the knowledge of industry professionals with a passion for incorporating local, green and environmental considerations into the hospitality sector.
Marina Panizzo, resort sales executive for Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, who has become one of the first scholars to benefit from the new partnership, said: “Having the opportunity to see different properties, businesses and ways of managing made me realise that there is no one way to be green. Even with external limitations, such as working in a listed building, or being limited by the surroundings, you have the chance to improve sustainability, help the community and reduce costs in a wide variety of ways.
“I think the whole experience was very positive for my current and future roles in hospitality and also as an individual.”
Andrea Nicholas, Green Tourism managing director, says the partnership between the two not-for-profit organisations is an exciting move for the hospitality industry.
She said: “With increasing numbers of tourists considering sustainability when travelling it has never been more important for a hospitality business to adopt green practices.
“Working with a number of our top members who demonstrate excellence in sustainability, the chosen scholars will gain a wealth of experience and insight from their visit and we hope this will be reflected in the state of sustainability across the hospitality industry.”
HIT chief executive David Cochrane said: “HIT strives to make Scotland the best hospitality industry in the world and we know this can be achieved through our once in a lifetime training opportunities and experiences that provide scholars with the opportunity to learn locally, nationally and internationally.
“We are constantly growing and improving our scholarship offering so teaming up with Green Tourism to provide a new scholarship on such a valuable hospitality business topic was a natural step for us.”