The Hotel du Vieux-Quebec starting in 2009 started being part of the sustainable and fair trade phenomena. The Hotel du Vieux-Quebec has been operating since 1851. The original owner of the building dates back to 1100’s, but the owner that created the building into a hotel was Rene Edouard Caron a lawyer of the Legislative Council in Quebec. The hotel offers many amenities that you can find at most hotels. But, a few different items of interest they do offer are free walking tours of old town Quebec, coffee makers that only deal with coffee from Quebec and they allow pets. Since 2009 the hotel has done many things to be sustainable. For example they have solar panels on the rooftop for energy purposes. They also, have an organic vegetable garden on the rooftop that provides fresh vegetable for the guests, but also helps reduce the heat coming into the building. The hotel only buys local fair trade furniture. If you would like to see more information on what Hotel du Vieux-Quebec does to be sustainable and be part of fair trade, you can visit there website http://www.hvq.com/green.htm (http://www.hvq.com).
When checking in to the Hotel du Vieux-Quebec the guests are provided with different procedures the hotel is participating in, to be seen as sustainable in the eyes of environmentalists. They also offer information on products that are fair trade products. Guests enjoy lodging at the hotel because of its historical essence.
otel du Vieux-Quebec is partners with a few local companies for fair trade that grow organic coffee beans, and also furniture that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. They also work with a couple companies to create sustainability. The companies that help provide standards for the hotel to be sustainable are: Planetair, which helps reduce carbon set off, and they also have been given awards from Hotel Association of Canada for being part of the part the Green Leaf Eco-Rating program. (http://www.hvq.com/green.htm)
If you would like to know what the hotel is doing to be involved with fair trade practices and sustainable practices, please pay attention to a few key elements I provided below
Fair Working Conditions:Hotel du Vieux-Quebec provides a reasonable working environment for their personnel. The website for the hotel does not say if they hire locally, but I made call to see if I could find an answer about hiring practices. After talking with a front desk employee, he told me that they do hire mostly locally. The hotel does a great job working with the local community and local businesses to spread the word to travelers about buying locally.
Fair Prices: The prices that Hotel du Vieux-Quebec offer are competitive with other hotels through out Canada. Nevertheless, the hotel is concerned with fair trade and the environment. With the concerns that the hotel focuses on, they are able to attract the ecologically responsible tourist.
Integration into the Local Economy and Regional Development: Hotel du Vieux-Quebec deals with businesses locally, nationally and globally that are both big and small. The hotel works with these businesses to improve an understanding of how important it is help tourists realize the importance of spending their money in the local area.
Fair Trade Partnerships Between all Actors in Tourism: The hotel does their best inform their patrons about how buying locally can have a positive effect on the local economy and create more business to only sale local made products. They encourage all of their guests to select activities that help benefit local and state communities. They also do their best to tell their guests what they are doing to promote sustainability through protecting the environment.
Sustainable Resource Use and Environmental Justice:The Green Leaf Eco-Rating program that is run by Canada Hotel Association and Planetair company that work with Hotel du Vieux-Quebec help to offset carbon emissions produced by the guests staying at their hotel. The offsetting of carbon emissions is a great assistance to the environment because many people believe that global warming is causing the environment to be threatened. Anything that can be done to help in the reduction of C02 is valuable to the environment.
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