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Case Study

Minimum standards for hotels

Full Case Study: Minimum standards for hotels in Cyprus
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Overview

Tourism is vital to Cyprus, contributing over 10% to the country’s GDP and providing tens of thousands of jobs. To support and develop its unique tourism product, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation entered into a partnership with the Travel Foundation in 2010.

Amongst a range of initiatives designed to support local communities and protect the environment through tourism, the partnership created an ambitious project to introduce minimum standards for sustainability into quality criteria for hotels.

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What we did

  • We researched standards in existence elsewhere, and then studied a selection of hotels on the island to review the level or understanding and practical application of sustainability within hotels.
  • We identified fifteen minimum standards.
  • We developed a training guide to help hotels comply with the new standards.