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Improving Sustainable Practices and Applying Nudge Theory to the Hospitality Sector in Luang Prabang

  • Published on February 15, 2019
Improving Sustainable Practices and Applying Nudge Theory to the Hospitality Sector in Luang Prabang - Energy Efficiency, Water Saving, and Waste Management for hotels and restaurants
The Luang Prabang hospitality sector is defined by small scale boutique properties (20-40 rooms, few hotels are larger) with only few international hotel management companies such as ACCOR or Angsana active at the destination. The project encountered qualified interest by the business community, especially if sustainable practices proved useful for improving profitability or contributing to "developing the brand" of Luang Prabang as an authentic, sustainable destination. Due to the size of many properties there was limited capacity for developing sustainable business practices without external support. Together with the Lao business membership organisations the project was thus focusing on making knowledge about sustainable practices available to relevant hospitality staff. These technical workshops haven then been enhanced by providing continuous on-the-job coaching. However, one of the most important elements for creating lasting change was to provide opportunities for peer-to-peer knowledge exchange. During these networking events participants shared success stories, and also discussed how common challenges could be solved.

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