Swiss Hostels Partners with Ecompter To Offer Sustainability Services To Members

Ecompter, a sustainability service for hostels, hotels and other accommodation providers, today announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Swiss Hostels. Under the terms of the agreement, Swiss Hostels will offer Ecompter’s service to its growing number of hostel members (currently 35).

logoThe partnership is part of an initiative by Swiss Hostels to help their hostel members manage their carbon footprint with quality, continuous management reports generated by Ecompter’s service. It will also allow members to promote their environmental initiatives to guests via Swisshostels.com’s website by offering the co2 figures of each hostel member.

Nathan Güntensperger, President of the board of the Swiss Hostels Association, says; “We hope that by 2015 there will be around 1 million overnight stays at the country’s hostels each year. Without proper carbon footprint management and serious thought given to sustainability, hostel owners could be unaware of how much their business is contributing to climate change. Yet, their core customer base, typically, well-educated 20-somethings, are amongst the most environmentally conscious travelers around. Hostel owners can use Ecompter’s service to tap into this awareness and help them, through hostel policy and responsible resource usage, to dramatically cut the environmental impact of their stay, and improve the performance of the Swiss hostel industry as a whole.”

Ville Valorinta, Ecompter’s Founder and CEO, concludes; “Swiss Hostels want their members to be able to communicate their sustainability efforts in a unified way – and show that the country’s hostels are doing their bit to support Switzerland’s reputation as an environmentally conscious country. Ecompter is the perfect choice as it is one of the first sustainability services based on the hotel industry agreed common method for measuring and communicating carbon emissions – the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI). This standardized way of presenting sustainability initiatives means that guests can easily review sustainability initiatives via the Swiss Hostel website, while also looking at other features and offerings.”

Ecompter’s sustainability service also includes an easy-to-digest summary of each hostel’s environmental initiatives and results, plus an interactive image of the hostel room to show guests how they can reduce their consumption during their stay, for example by switching off lights when not in the room. Please see www.ecompter.com for full details and demonstration of the Ecompter service. You can also follow Ecompter on Twitter @EcompterLtd