Friday, July 27, 2007

Eco-Travel Stats

Here at Chez Sven, it is flower season. As I made fresh bouquets of cosmos and zinnias for our rooms, I thought about a recent survey reported by TripAdvisor. 38% of the people polled say they have stayed at an environmentally friendly hotel, and 9% seek them out. These people believe the most important qualities in a “green” hotel are: conserving energy, water, and using recycled paper. 34% would pay 5%-20% more to stay at an environmentally friendly hotel. 78% decline to have their sheets and towels changed. 66% think that traveling environmentally-friendly makes a difference. Those percentages can only rise as more people join the effort to save the planet.