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Meet Sotiris Milonas, a Travelife Approved Auditor

Each month we feature an interview with a Travelife Approved Auditor. We have around 60 independently contracted auditors based around the world that must undergo an intensive training programme before they can audit with us. To continue carrying out audits for Travelife they must complete annual refresher training and a yearly performance review.   Haga clic aquí to find out more about our requirements for auditors. 

Location:  Thessaloniki, Greece

Idiomas:  Greek and English with Spanish coming soon!

Total auditing experience:  20 years

Travelife auditing experience:  10 years

Specialisations:  Sustainability, carbon emissions, waste management, ESG (environmental, social and governance)

Auditing fields:  Accommodation, tour operators, manufacturing, accreditation of certification labels

Sotiris’s career in sustainability began in the 1990s when after completing studies in civil engineering he became interested in how to incorporate environmental management strategies into business. By the early 2000s it had become apparent to him that in order for us to achieve a truly sustainable future, businesses had to take a holistic approach by incorporating the environmental, social and economic pillars of sustainability into their strategy and operations.

He knew he wanted to be part of that so embarked on studies focused on sustainability management, completing an MBA and attending hundreds of seminars to increase his knowledge, something he continues to this day so he can be sure he is up-to-date on the latest trends, issues and solutions.

He felt that auditing was the best way to interact with as many companies as possible and that tourism was positioned as a sector that could make real impacts because it brings together a huge variety of supply chains, sectors, people and places. That lead him to becoming a Travelife auditor where he says one of his favourite parts of the job is finding out that a hotel he audited has achieved their Travelife Gold Certification because that means that another company has become a sustainability ambassador.

“Sustainability is not a parallel business action that is separate from other operational areas, it must be embedded within business strategy and day-to-day operations.” 

Sotiris Milonas

Sotiris believes that any organisation wanting to become more sustainable must do it with a genuine commitment, especially from leadership where he believes senior managers need to be specifically given roles and performance objectives relating to a company’s sustainability goals and commitments. He says it is essential to give equal importance to social issues, rather than just focusing on environmental impacts and that reporting is critical to ensure a sustainability strategy stays on-track.  This also provides transparency to stakeholders, especially customers and the local community.

Simple solutions can offer some of the best innovations

Sotiris has been encouraged by the many innovations he has seen during Travelife audits but one hotel, an isolated property in Sri Lanka, really stood out and made him question why these kind of solutions weren’t more widely used.

“They were using PV solar for electricity production and converting all of their organic waste to energy using simple technologies that we sadly rarely see in more mainstream areas of hospitality” 

He also has some advice for accommodation providers preparing for their Travelife audit. “Don’t hide anything from the auditor as it will only make things worse and hold you back from achieving your goals. And ask the Travelife team if you have any questions, they will always support you.” 

Top tips from Sotiris for sustainable living

Start thinking about things in a circular way versus linear, essentially taking a ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ approach.

Make a promise that you and your household will become carbon neutral. Your plan for achieving that should include reducing consumption and offsetting the emissions you are unable to reduce.

Think socially. All actions, including environmental actions, must benefit the community. 

Más de Travelife

Visit one of the pages below to read more about accommodation sustainability and the hotels that we work with.  You can haga clic aquí para suscribirse a nuestros boletines regulares que incluyen consejos de sostenibilidad, enlaces a nuestras últimas publicaciones de blog y nuestro hotel destacado del mes.

Hotel showcase

A page featuring our latest hotel of the month for excellence in sustainability, and other Travelife Gold Certified properties who are going the extra mile.  Haga clic aquí para visitar la página.

Sustainability Blog

Each month we publish an article that we hope will help any business in any sector get started with being more sustainable.  Haga clic aquí to visit the News & Blog page.

Como Funciona

Desde nuestra página de inicio en www.travelifestaybetter.com puede acceder a información sobre nuestro proceso de certificación y las empresas de viajes con las que trabajamos.

TUI Sensatori Atlantica Dreams in Rhodes, Greece, was chosen to be the Travelife hotel of the month due to their innovation and investment water conservation. Click here to read more.

TUI Sensatori Atlantica Dreams in Rhodes, Greece, was chosen to be the Travelife hotel of the month due to their innovation and investment water conservation. Click here to read more.

The Kamelya Fulya Hotel in Antalya, Turkey was chosen to be the Travelife hotel of the month due to their investment in energy efficient technology.

Click here to read more.

Visite www.travelifecollection.com para buscar en nuestros listados de casi 1,000 propiedades certificadas Travelife Gold en más de 50 países.

Visite www.travelifecollection.com para buscar en nuestros listados de casi 1,000 propiedades certificadas Travelife Gold en más de 50 países.

Visite www.travelifecollection.com para buscar en nuestros listados de casi 1,000 propiedades certificadas Travelife Gold en más de 50 países.

March is water conservation month at Travelife. In this blog we share easy ways for any business to improve environmental impacts and reduce costs through the way they use water.

March is water conservation month at Travelife. In this blog we share easy ways for any business to improve environmental impacts and reduce costs through the way they use water.

April is energy month at Travelife. In this blog we share information about how small businesses can get started with reducing their carbon emissions.

Each month we feature an interview with a Travelife Approved Auditor. We have around 60 independently contracted auditors based around the world that must undergo an intensive training programme before they can audit with us.

Each month we feature an interview with a Travelife Approved Auditor. We have around 60 independently contracted auditors based around the world that must undergo an intensive training programme before they can audit with us.

Each month we feature an interview with a Travelife Approved Auditor. We have around 60 independently contracted auditors based around the world that must undergo an intensive training programme before they can audit with us.

Ofrecemos a los proveedores de alojamiento y compañías de viajes consultas gratuitas en línea para analizar cómo funciona la certificación y cómo puede comenzar con un enfoque más sostenible para su negocio.

Ofrecemos a los proveedores de alojamiento y compañías de viajes consultas gratuitas en línea para analizar cómo funciona la certificación y cómo puede comenzar con un enfoque más sostenible para su negocio.

Not sure if your property is ready for Travelife Certification? You might be interested in our 60-day membership trial. Cick here to learn more.

Responda nuestro breve cuestionario anónimo para averiguar qué tan bien le está yendo a su propiedad con la sostenibilidad. Puede que estés más adelantado de lo que crees.

Responda nuestro breve cuestionario anónimo para averiguar qué tan bien le está yendo a su propiedad con la sostenibilidad. Puede que estés más adelantado de lo que crees.

Responda nuestro breve cuestionario anónimo para averiguar qué tan bien le está yendo a su propiedad con la sostenibilidad. Puede que estés más adelantado de lo que crees.

Estamos orgullosos de ser parte de un pequeño grupo de organizaciones que obtuvieron reconocimiento por nuestro apoyo al sector del alojamiento durante la pandemia de COVID-19.

Estamos orgullosos de ser parte de un pequeño grupo de organizaciones que obtuvieron reconocimiento por nuestro apoyo al sector del alojamiento durante la pandemia de COVID-19.

Estamos orgullosos de ser parte de un pequeño grupo de organizaciones que obtuvieron reconocimiento por nuestro apoyo al sector del alojamiento durante la pandemia de COVID-19.

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