Each year, Conde Nast Traveler publishes its annual hot list detailing the best of the best of the posh, sexy, and generally impressive new hotels around the world from the last year. 2012’s Hot List betrays an increasingly pervasive trend in luxury resorts: sustainability.
Once upon a time, when “green” was just starting to morph from a colour to a token word for “eco-friendly,” offsetting was the coolest kid on the block.
If there’s one person I owe my fascination with the natural world to, it’s the wonderful Sir David Attenborough. Watching a natural history documentary narrated by him is completely mesmerizing. His unique dulcet tones hypnotise like an environmental siren. It’s impossible to look away.
Rampant greenwashing in the travel industry means that a staggering number of hotels, inns, and nature lodges claim to be ecoresorts, ecohotels, or ecolodges. How can you as a consumer know who is the real deal?
Perhaps it’s not the top of everyone’s ecotourism ‘must-see’ list, but the tourist ministry of Iraq is working hard to lure visitors back to the ancient kingdom.