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'Greenness' to factor into hotel ratings

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Environmentally friendly facilities will become a core criterion of China's hotel rating system, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) announced in Beijing on Monday.

It made the announcement during a briefing on the 2010 rating standards, which will take effect on Jan 1, 2011.

Hotels will no longer be required to provide the usual six disposable toiletries, which include toothbrushes, toothpaste and shampoo. The policy is in line with common practice in many developed countries.

"This go-green initiative is about more than capturing attention," Liu Shijun, deputy director of the tourism administration's industry supervision and management department, said.

"It occupies a central position in the six pillars we lay out in the 2010 hotel rating standards."

The country's hotel rating standards were drafted in 1988, and amendments were passed in 1993, 1997 and 2003.

The 2010 version, released on Oct 18, emphasized six points - basic requirements, core products, green measures, emergency management, services and unique features.

Liu said the time had arrived to let the initiative carry substantial weight.

China has been actively endorsing a green hotel industry since 2003, and these calls paved the way for more stringent regulations. CNTA will release a go-green standard handbook with technical assistance and practical recommendations for hotels and individuals in a few months, Liu said.

"Green measures can be reflected in many dimensions, such as hotels' design and architecture, their building materials' selection and their customers' consumption habits, which hotels can influence," China Tourist Hotels Association Vice-Chairman Stephen C. T. Hsu said.

Hsu said East China's Zhejiang province is taking the lead in using such influence to direct customers towards environmentally friendly consumption.

The province's hotels are considering tentative measures to reward customers who do not use disposable toiletries with discounts of their hotel rates or dining fees.

Hsu said the Zhejiang practice provided an effective incentive to encourage hotel-dwellers to cultivate green consumption habits.

The initiative is intended to reduce unnecessary waste, and to use energy and resources as efficiently as possible, Hsu said.


1. What will hotels no longer have to provide under new regulations?

2. When were China’s hotel rating standards drafted?

3. When will the new changes take effect?


1. Toiletries, such as shampoo.

2. 1988.

3. Jan 1, 2011.


(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

'Greenness' to factor into hotel ratings

'Greenness' to factor into hotel ratings

Todd Balazovic is a reporter for the Metro Section of China Daily. Born in Mineapolis Minnesota in the US, he graduated from Central Michigan University and has worked for the China Daily for one year.