New facilities include:
- Baby lounge - private space located near the pool, for mothers to take
care of their infants.
- Teenagers hangout - dedicated outdoor area for teenagers were they can
play, relax, hangout
- Yoga Kiosk - a kiosk for Yoga and other activities
- Tavern by the sea - a la carte restaurant which serves meze and All
inclusive guests can us free of charge once a week.
- Theas Coffee Shop - coffee shop which sells exclusive coffees, smoothies
and fresh juices (not included in All inclusive program)
Here at Louis Hotels, we are of the belief that CONSUMPTION is at the heart of every environmental challenge which our planet is currently facing. We are talking about consumption of electricity, fossil fuels, water, food and land, to name but a few elements. By following the worldwide developments on sustainability, we have noticed that to tackle the problem a very widespread strategy must be in place; a strategy which has many facets and branches. We feel that this is the reason why as humans, we have failed to tackle the problem; there are too many variables and too many ‘to do lists’ which instead of motivating us, actually quash our enthusiasm. We need a simple and effective strategy, a one-size-fits-all movement that requires only a fraction of the effort any of us could imagine. This is the problematic that we, as LouisHotels, have pursued over the past few years. Surely, we said, there must be something simple yet widespread, that every single one of us can afford to do?
Finally we have discovered the solution: none other than reducing our dependence on animal products (livestock). For the first time ever, mainstream blogs, books and studies have been published, stating the obvious when it comes to livestock; that one of the biggest contributors to climate change is, in fact, the food we eat. It has emerged that 18% of the world’s greenhouse gases are a by-product of worldwide livestock production to feed our neverending appetite for animal products. By comparison, worldwide transport (sea, land, and air COMBINED) only accounts for 14% of the world’s greenhouse gases.
So yes, what we eat and how often is detrimental to our planet. Far more so than our household consumption of water, electricity or fuel. Here are some more facts*:
• If every meat eater in the United States alone swapped just one portion of chicken per week for a vegetarian meal, it would be the CO2 equivalent of taking 500’000 cars off the road
• By avoiding meat one day every two months you save more water than if you didn’t shower at all for those two months
• A meal of soy beans can be cultivated with only 4% the energy required to cultivate a meal of beef
• A 2.5-acre piece of land could produce enough plant based food for the entire life span of 20 people; the same piece of land could produce enough animal products for only 1 person, therefore the implications on land use from a meat-based diet are huge
• A cow can feed 1’000 people with its flesh, yet the grains used to raise the cow for meat could have fed 128’000 people instead; this means that every steak we have comes at the expense of 128 portions of food for children dying of hunger
These stats are shocking and though energy, land, water and fuel are also used for plant based foods as well, the consumption required is nowhere near as high as meat. The solution is therefore simple: reduce our dependence on livestock, and we will reduce our impact on the environment, at a faster rate than anything else we do. It is incredible to know that the same food choices which could eliminate world hunger, are also those that take the least toll on the environment. Louis Hotels is therefore proud to support the worldwide initiative to reduce consumption of meat, called Meatless Monday (www.meatlessmonday.com). By sodoing, we aim to educate our guests about the impacts of their food choices on the environment, without however reducing the quantity, quality and variety of our meat based dishes. We will simply re-invent and re-enforce our vegetarian options so that those who wish to adopt the Meatless Monday campaign during their stay, will be able to do so in a creative, tasty and stomach-filling way. Louis Hotels promises to measure its consumption of meat from this pointon so that in one year’s time we will be able to tell you what we have achieved, together. Should you wish to follow the Meatless Monday campaign from home as well, please visit their website for resources and tips on how to adopt the campaign in your daily life. Some more information on Meatless Monday is also attached to the back of this policy statement. Our adoption of the Meatless Monday campaign is not the only initiative Louis Hotels will follow from now on. Meatless Monday may be the focal point of our campaign however we will also focus on some smaller points which are easily measurable.
Specifically, we aim to:
• Reduce our consumption of water by giving guests the choice of not washing their bathroom towels every day. Should guests not wish to have their towels washed, these
should be left hanging on the rails rather than lying on the floor or in the bathtub.
• Reduce our consumption of plastic by a) gradually replacing disposable glasses at all outdoor bars with re-usable ones b) installing dispensers where possible to serve water
rather, than serve it in plastic bottles c) replace personalized bathroom amenities with soap and shampoo dispensers.
• Reduce our consumption of food packaging by buying more products in bulk than we did up to now; for example we refrain from buying portioned jams and instead buy in larger packages.
• Recycle as many types of material as possible e.g. paper, glass, tin etc
• Reduce our consumption of electricity through a variety of tactics like installing movement sensors in public area toilets, turning off unnecessary lights, using magnets to switch electricity on and off in rooms etc
• Reduce our consumption of endangered fish species by removing them from our menus entirely e.g. eel, tiger prawn, king prawn, halibut, marlin, scampi, langoustine, blue fin
For more information on the Marine Conservation Society please visit their website
Louis Hotels is very proud to finally be launching its environmental campaign, and we hope that we will have your complete support in so doing. Especially the Meatless Monday campaign is very important to us and we hope that, with your help, we will see a decrease in meat consumption across all our hotels. We have chosen this campaign because we feel it is simple to follow for all of us, while simultaneously having the potential for wide-scale environmental benefits. To rubber stamp our commitment to the environment, as well as to employee and community welfare, Louis Hotels has become a member of the Travelife Sustainability label. This label encourages hospitality organisations to engage in a holistic approach involving environmental, social and community related criteria. For more information on the label please visit their website under www.travelife.org.
* retrieved from the book by John Robbins titled The Food Revolution: how your diet can help save your life and our world.
HOLIDAYS AT CYPRUS IN LIGHT OF BANKING CRISIS
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
1. Can tourists make payments with credit cards and EC cards
2. Can tourists withdraw money from cash dispensers with their
credit cards and EC cards?
3. Have you noticed bottlenecks in terms of foodstuffs, medications
4. Will strikes of the public enterprises, e.g. public transportation
system/ airlines/airport/ferries, be expected?
5. Will museums and sights be opened as usual?
6. Have guest reported of hostilities?
7. Have you had significant cancellations of bookings in the last two
8. Were there any problems with the re-opening of the Banks?
9. Cyprus’ high season is just around the corner. What is the Hotel
Industry forecast for summer season?
The forecast for the summer season was exceptional this year, we
are expecting one of the best years ever. We are sure that when
the "dust settles down" and the work of the banks stabilizes
without any restrictions, the number of bookings will return to the
previous levels with the trend for growth. Already during the
Catholic Easter and Orthodox Easter, many tourists spent their
holidays in Cyprus and were happy to share their positive
Louis King Jason, Pafos
NEW WING, MORE LUXURY
The Louis King Jason in Pafos is expanding in a grand way! By the summer season 2013, a new wing will be ready to welcome guests seeking the personal hospitality that is synonymous with King Jason, with a touch of modern exclusivity. The new wing is home to 24 Deluxe Studios designed to accommodate – and pamper – couples that appreciate a superior retreat. At first sight, the list of amenities may seem identical to what King Jason offers in all its apartments; but the difference is in the detail, as well as the décor. Here guests are surrounded by an air of contemporary comfort. Wherever you look, design, colours, finishing materials, fixtures and fittings speak the language of elegance and sophistication.
Louis Imperial Beach, Pafos
MORE INVITING, MORE TEMPTING, MORE COMFORTABLE
Over the coming winter, all 239 guest rooms at the Louis Imperial Beach will enjoy a total facelift.
PrimaSol Louis Ionian Sun, Corfu
FOCUS ON FAMILIES
Parents visiting the PrimaSol Louis Ionian Sun in Corfu with their infants and toddlers have always spent hours in and around the paddling pool. This winter, a new pool tailored to the temperament of kids that have grown out of the paddling age will take shape on the hotel grounds. Measuring 5x7 metres and just under half a metre deep, the new attraction features two waterslides and water bubbles, making this hotel even more popular as a family destination.
WITH ITS NEW WATERPARK, JUNGLE-THEMED POOL AND TODDLER’S PADDLING OASIS, LOUIS CRETA PRINCESS WELCOMES GUESTS TO AN EXCITING AND REFRESHING WATERSCAPE FOR ALL AGES – OPENING IN SUMMER 2013.
Royal Apollonia Beach Hotel, Limassol Cyprus
THE REBIRTH OF A 5 STAR LEGEND
From 1 November 2012 till 27 April 2013, the Apollonia Beach Hotel in Limassol will be closed for full-scale renovations. When it reopens – as the Royal Apollonia – it will be infused with the spirit of a stylish seafront resort; a relaxing retreat to balance the urban excitement of cosmopolitan Limassol.