Hotel Park Ljubljana - The first hotel in Slovenia to achieve the Prestigious Travelife Gold certification
What is Travelife?
Travelife is an international certification system, promoting sustainability within the tourism industry. It helps tour operators, hotels and accommodations to manage and monitor their social and environmental impacts, as well as communicate their achievements to customers. It is an easy to use sustainability system which provides members with a practical framework to improve their business.
Travelife provides a range of support to help its members prepare for their independent audit. Hotel and accommodation members whose on-site audit shows they fulfil the requirements of the Travelife sustainability criteria will achieve a Gold award. They can then feature on the Travelife Collection website and their award can be used in promotion by hoteliers and tour operators, alongside other recognitions such as their star rating.
Travelife for Hotels and Accommodations is the only certification scheme that works in partnership with tour operators, both in the UK and internationally, who use the system to increase sustainability in the industry and communicate achievements to customers.
Hotel Park Ljubljana has reduced its energy use by installing low-energy lighting, ensuring that in-room air conditioning or heating is set to a minimum temperature, use of natural day-light and shading to achieve energy efficiency target. We also use an electric car and we have our own charging station.
Hotel Park Ljubljana has reduced the amount of waste we produce by a waste minimisation planning activities, including reducing the amount of resources used, reusing materials and recycling, using refillable containers, buying in bulk, using recycled toilet paper.
The hotel uses various methods to save water, including technologies installed in guest rooms such as low-flow shower heads and taps.
As well as these day-to-day environmental measures, the hotel goes further to protect the environment and the bees. The hotel has 4 beehives on it's rooftop, that produce urban honey, which is served at breakfast.
The hotel measures its performance regularly to monitor the impact of its sustainability efforts, report on results and plan improvements.
Travelife certification shows that the hotel is committed to treating people fairly and with respect. As well as providing good working conditions for staff and investing in its employees by providing regular training, Hotel Park Ljubljana aims to be an active member of the local community. We support local people by organizing open events, free yoga classes and library in the park, supporting local charities and consulting the local community on projects and issues affecting them.
Local economy and businesses
Hotel Park Ljubljana also tries to support the local community from an economic perspective by buying food and other services from local suppliers or encouraging its guests to visit local restaurants, markets and attractions so that they have an opportunity to spend money and support the local economy.
Communication with guests
Hotel Park Ljubljana also tries to involve guests in their sustainability activities, such as encouraging guests to recycle whilst they are staying in the hotel, running a towel service to help save water , informing them about protected areas such as Slovenian regional parks in each floor.
A key reason for tourism businesses to care about sustainability is to help protect the unique natural and cultural characteristics of their resort, so it continues to attract tourists in the future. Hotel Park Ljubljana therefore serves local food, provides information on local customs, heritage sites/places of cultural interest, restaurants, or places to buy locally-made goods or souvenirs.