The last decades brought about the environmental awareness of hotel customers and owners resulting in reflection on the need to introduce pro-ecological changes in practices and services offered by the hospitality sector. The idea of “green hotels” is generally accepted. To structure these positive changes and to help customers to select hotels supporting pro-ecological practices one needs to establish clear and easy to understand system communicating the level of particular hotel involvement in that concept. These is evaluated by certification institutions and organizations. Their activities involve certification and labelling and they are also part of practices related to the implementation of sustainable development in tourism. Wide range of criteria considered by certification organizations include these related to environmental protection, alternation of the negative effects of improper management of natural resources, as well as, the so-called corporate social responsibility. Unfortunately, there is no consistent system of ecological standards. The current paper provides an overview of the most important labels and certificates promoting the pro-ecological and sustainable development of the hotel sector. It also analyses selected, leading eco-certification systems in terms of their applicability in various hotel segments.
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|Cembruch-Nowakowski, Mariusz, 2020, Labels and certificates for green hotels
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