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Aliathon Resort


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 Title
Aliathon Resort

 Keywords
Sustainable policies, sustainable tourism, sustainable actions, sustainable management

 Author
PAFOS

 Languages
English

 Objectives/goals



 Description

Aliathon Holiday Village has always been a part of this sustainable approach since 1992. They are a major contributor, in reducing carbon footprints. The name itself Aliathon Holiday Village emphasizes the concept of a medium size Cypriot village accommodating almost 1500 guests per day. The management and the staff are aware of the environmental impact that is generated in accommodating such a large number of guests. Sustainability is the most commonly used word in any form of business and industry today, used in the hotel industry. It is a never-ending task and effort to keep the guests happy and satisfied and along with keeping their running costs to the minimum. Through the joint effort of the management team and staff they have managed to meet their goals every year and have built a surrounding that is sustainable to the Aliathon and the visitors. Profitability in tourism can be achieved through proper sustainable solutions that can benefit both the hotelier and the environment. Sustainable businesses are the ones that will survive through bad times and will benefit through good times. The Aliathon Holiday Village has been awarded many times for its achievements and many have followed their path that has brought about the awareness of sustainability to all present and future hoteliers.

Through the use of water aerators in taps and showers, backwash pool water and gray water for flushing of toilets, drip irrigation system for watering of gardens, they have managed to keep the water consumption between 150 and 170 liters per guest night. Reduction in electricity consumption has been managed by replacing energy saving lamps with LED lamps, use of PIR sensors in public areas to operate lighting, use of PIR sensors in rooms to operate electricity and air-conditioning in the rooms, use of solar pumps for pools, use of voltage optimizers to reduce voltage fluctuation, installation of 120 kw photovoltaic park, implementation of geothermal energy for heat pumps, Endo-cubes used for refrigeration units, replaced existing equipment’s such as split units to A++ inverter units, circulating pumps to inverter pumps etc. has kept our energy consumption between 12.0 kwhr and 14.0 kwhr per guest night. Solar panels installed throughout the complex and the use of heat recovery from chillers has helped us to reduce the diesel consumption during the summer. Managing of waste has been a huge challenge especially when the rooms are 460 and are spread on a land of 14 hectares with all-inclusive snack bars and pool bars, restaurants, and the commercial front with a supermarket and other outlets.

Proper recycling of organic and non-organic waste such as plastic paper, glass and aluminum is separated at all outlets before they are brought to the recycling point to be collected by Green Dot. Bins are also provided all through the complex for the guest to participate in our recycling effort. Use of a shredder for gardening waste such as branches and leaves has generated ample compost so it can be used as soil for further plantation of trees and plants. Use of the Ionization system for two swimming pool has reduced the chlorine consumption in both pools to around 30%. Recently it has been installed an ozone water system also known as Aqueous Ozone which has dramatically reduced our chemicals used for cleaning the rooms by a staggering 70%, thus reducing cost, and in the end achieving the goal in reducing plastic waste and pollution. Elimination of offensive odor’s and control of infections in the public toilets has been achieved by using ultraviolet light thus reducing use fragrance in masking of bad smell and of chemicals for sanitizing. At Aliathon resort they stop thinking about how they can reuse items and recycle as much as they possible! However they are encouraging the guests and partners in these efforts. It is really important that they are conscious of the environmental impact and their efforts are done for the benefit of the present and future generations to live sustainably.



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