IN THE MODERN AGE OF HYPER-AWARENESS surrounding environmentalism and sustainability, travel organizations the world over introduce new ways to lessen the impact on the natural world. Airports introduce programs to reduce environmental impact as much as possible.
Denver International Airport makes consistent strides toward reducing its own footprint and leaving the planet greener for the future. Denver holds the largest airport site in North America, with more than 53 square miles of land belonging to the airport. Its areas of focus include greenhouse gas management, water conservation and waste reduction throughout the entire campus. In terms of concrete numbers, DEN succeeded in reducing its 2013 base-level greenhouse emissions by more than 23 percent by 2017. To continuously reduce waste throughout the airport, Denver composted more than 144 tons of organic waste in 2018 and developed a food donation program to reduce waste and help nearby communities.
In Europe, Zürich Airport acts as a local steward of the environment by focusing on a number of issues typically associated with airports. The Swiss airport has plans to deal with climate change and carbon emissions, air and water quality and the local wildlife. Because of its efforts to reduce its impact on the environment, Zürich is recognized as one of Europe’s leading airports for sustainability as it reduces air pollution through fixed power systems, modern heating plants and increased public transport options serving the airport.
Just as Zürich Airport leads sustainability efforts in Europe, Singapore Changi Airport remains one of Asia’s clear sustainability leaders. Between fiscal years 2017 and 2018, Changi reduced water consumption by 7.45 percent; recycled 4,435 tons of concrete; and diverted 8.5 percent more waste from incineration. Changi is on pace to meet all of its self-imposed sustainability goals in all forms, from reducing waste and water use to managing energy consumption.
The final airport on this list may be much smaller than others, but it has made sustainability a priority since its construction nearly 20 years ago. Seymour Airport of Baltra, also known as the Galápagos Ecological Airport, was designed with total consideration of its relationship with the surrounding natural environment. Upon completion, it served as a reference point for measuring green buildings’ best practices. The airport’s LEED Gold certification cemented its place as the first green airport. Years later, in 2017, it became the first airport in Latin America and the Caribbean to receive recognition as carbon-neutral.
At the crux of the conversation surrounding eco-friendly airport initiatives, the world should look toward airports like the one in the Galápagos. The true aid to the environment comes when people decide the natural state of a destination is as important as the means of arrival.
Climbing along the coast, I was trying to snap pictures of the cool-blue Puerto Vallarta waters outside my car window (I know, it never works) when we started winding along stone walls draped in jungle-like foliage. Annoyed my view was blocked, I looked around to see where we were just as we were parking at Hotel Mousai — I audibly gasped. The all-glass, chic and incredibly grand entrance was so well-secluded, it somehow snuck up on me.
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Three weeks after welcoming the first international flights since its borders closed, Saint Lucia’s government reinforced its mandatory travel protocol messaging. The island also launched an informative video with on-island footage of the actual travel experience.
United Airlines plans to bump up its capacity by 4 percent month over month in September; this will account for 37 percent of its schedule compared to the year prior.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
Yonder, a reimagined outdoor lodging and camping experience in southern Utah, is set to open Sept. 1. Located on scenic Highway 12 on the grounds of an old drive-in movie theater, Yonder will boast 10 custom Airstreams, 22 modern cabins and 67 RV camping sites. The property also features 2,000 square feet of communal space, with a clubhouse and bathhouse, general store, “drive-in” movie theater, resort pool, hot tub and bonfire pits.
As of July 23, St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is open and ready for travelers. With new precautions, protocols and guidelines regarding guest and staff safety, health and wellness, the resort confidently welcomes travelers to the beloved resort, while showcasing refreshed overwater villas and Iridium Spa.
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The 1985 song “One Night in Bangkok” mentions many of the overindulgences of this city. One of them is massage parlors. Today, however, a Thai massage is considered an activity that improves one’s physical and mental well-being. The city has shed its former reputation as a place of wild nightlife and decadence, over the past few decades emerging as a major center for international commerce, wellness initiatives and tourism.