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While consumers are keen on buying organic products, nowadays they also expect companies to go a step further and make serious commitments in terms of social responsibility. In response to these expectations which have intensified throughout the Covid crisis, Natexpo has invented a new space purely dedicated to “Eco- Products” and “Eco-Services”, which will be inaugurated at its Paris edition on the 24, 25 and 26 October 2021.

In view of the current and emerging trends in zero waste, upcycling, local purchasing, decarbonisation, seasonal food, fair remuneration of all links in the chain, etc., companies face multiple issues, whatever sector they may be in: food, cosmetics, hygiene, cleaning products, textiles, etc.

This new sector therefore brings together in a single place an offering of products and services which was already on display in Natexpo’s different sectors. In addition to the Eco-Products/ Eco-Services sector, The Lab, founded in 2018, hosts a growing number of inventive start-ups who innovate in this field.

Natexpo thus represents an excellent opportunity to discover the responsible solutions developed by companies in the organic sector: clear standout features to rise above the competition. From production to retail, all the links in the chain have a role to play to provide consumers with the guarantees that they expect.

With seven months to go before the show opens, this new sector and The Lab have already recorded a lot of registrations, with participants including the label “1% for the Planet”, which allows companies to donate 1% of their turnover to environmental charities. This success reflects the dynamism of the organic sector in the area of sustainable development, an integral part of its DNA.

Upcycling, zero waste and anti-waste: 3 underlying trends to discover

The new Eco-Products/Eco-Services sector at Natexpo fulfils consumers’ desire for transparency, as they wish to be able to place their trust in both the products they buy and the companies from which they buy them. To date, many committed companies have decided to exhibit their specificities in the area of social responsibility. These are mainly companies from the food, textile and personal hygiene/cosmetics sectors. Together with the 20 or so start-ups registered for The Lab, they represent a wide diversity of initiatives and predominantly focus on zero-waste, anti-waste, and upcycling to preserve the planet’s resources.

Upcycling consists of recovering products or materials that have been deemed of no value, to make objects or products of higher quality. This trend is represented in particular by “Ramen tesdrêches” which sells noodles made from spent grain, the cereal by-product of beer brewing; “Cocomiette”, which brews its beers from the breadcrumbs made from unsold bread, and “Le

Green Griot” which makes ecodesigned textile products from recycled textiles.

In the area of anti-waste, where the aim is to use the entirety of the products placed on the shelf, visitors will discover the company “Clever Beauty”, which offers nail varnishes fitted with a

top that can dip down into the bottom of the bottle, leading to up to 35% of extra product being extracted compared with traditional nail varnish bottles. They can also meet the company “Zero-Gâchis” which also illustrates this trend with its concept that helps retailers to manage their near-sell by date products.

Initiatives in the field of zero-waste will also be very visible this year at Natexpo. Companies have developed a multitude of reusable products to shift away from disposables. Many initiatives are proposed in the food sector: “Pro by Innovo” offers still and sparkling water fountains to avoid plastic bottles, “Another Way” and “L’Atelier Miel/ Apifilm” have dreamt up an alternative to plastic cling film, “Les Artistes”, “Gapajoe” and “ALR Cooperation” make reusable cups, flasks and bottles, “Uzaje” has designed a solution to wash and dry food containers to enable them to be reused. In the personal hygiene area, there are also a lot of new products with “Last Object” and its reusable cotton tips, “J’aime mes dents” with its bamboo toothbrushes

sold loose, shampoos by “Lao” sold in deposit-return aluminium bottles, and Hamac, a manufacturer of washable nappies and bathing suits for babies.

What our exhibitors say:

innovative companies working to promote eco-responsibility

Erlend du Réau, co-founder of Sorewards, an exhibitor in The Lab:

“We founded our company in 2019 to offer a new kind of gift voucher to companies: a voucher which bears values. It is universal, meaning that it can be used in retail chains and local shops; it is supportive, since it offers an opportunity to donate to charity. Additionally, if it is not entirely redeemed at the end of its validity period, the sums are returned to the company that had bought it, which may then decide to donate the sums to charity.

“We believe that companies have a role to play as citizens in society. They can make people aware to good causes, change mentalities. With our positive impact gift voucher, we enable companies to go further than corporate philanthropy, by involving their employees, customers and why not their partners in their sustainability approach. There are tangible benefits, because we inform the donors of the use of the sums that they donate to the charities.

“We decided to take part in Natexpo because we strongly believe that organic companies have very strong values to share. In addition to marketing organic products, most of them are involved in eco-friendly initiatives. They are attentive to their natural and human environment. Our gift voucher is a way for them to share in concrete terms the values they hold dear with their employees and their customers.”

Nadia Auclair, CEO of Carbiolice, an exhibitor in the new Eco-Products/Eco-

Services sector:

Our start-up, Carbiolice, has formulated an innovative additive christened Evanesto® which enables packaging made from plant-based plastics, even rigid ones, to biodegrade into compost at ordinary temperatures, and therefore also in domestic compost bins. Last year, we took part in The Lab at Natexpo and we met a great many brands interested in making the transition to the circular economy for their packaging. This year is quite a special one for our company, because our solution is today a commercial reality: by joining the New Eco-Products/Eco-Services sector, we wish to bring its promise to reality and allow stakeholders on the organic market to choose compostability so as to care for the environment… right through to their packaging!

NATEXPO 2021: an all-round view of the new organic trends

Just as the companies represented in the Eco- Products/Eco-Services sector and The Lab are

diverse in nature, all the segments in the organic sector will be represented at this new edition: food, ingredients and raw materials, health food, dietary supplements, cosmetics and personal hygiene, household and personal products and services, services and equipment for retail and brands. Highly attuned to the expectations of professionals, NATEXPO represents a premium meeting place to allow brands, buyers and decisionmakers to engage in dialogue and develop

their business. Over the space of three days, the show will offer special features, expert advice and talks to get fully up-to-date on the latest news in the organic world in France and

internationally, most notably through the NATEXPO Awards which pay tribute to the latest innovations on the market.

NATEXPO 2021: also available online

In parallel with the physical trade show and to enable a larger number of international and domestic visitors to view the range of products on show, NATEXPO will also be visible online.

This virtual set-up will give them access to all the exhibitors physically present at the show and even exchange through a direct messaging function with sound and video feeds.

 
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TORONTO, ON (June 1, 2021) – Realstar Hospitality today announced that 14 Days Inn locations from across Canada have received a 2021 Tripadvisor® Travellers’ Choice award. This achievement celebrates businesses that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to travellers around the globe, having earned outstanding reviews on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months. As challenging as the past year was, these hotels stood out by continuously offering exceptional service and delighting guests during their stay.

 

“We a re very proud that so many of our Days Inn franchisees have earned a 2021 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice award for providing a first-rate customer experience,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by our valued guests. Congratulations to all our well-deserved winners and their hard-working teams.”

 

2021 Travellers’ Choice Award Recipients:

  • Days Inn by Wyndham 100 Mile House, BC
  • Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Airdrie, AB
  • Days Inns & Suites by Wyndham Brooks, AB
  • Days Inn & Suites Edmonton Airport, AB 
  • Days Inn by Wyndham Calgary Northwest, AB
  • Days Inn by Wyndham Swift Current, SK
  • Days Inn by Wyndham Saskatoon, SK
  • Days Inn by Wyndham Regina, SK
  • Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Yorkton , SK
  • Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Winkler, MB 
  • Days Inn & Suites Winnipeg Airport, MB 
  • Days Inn and Suites by Wyndham Lindsay, ON
  • Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Sault Ste. Marie, ON
  • Days Inn by Wyndham Riviere-du-Loup , QC

“Congratulations to all the winners of the 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “I know the past year has been extremely challenging for tourism businesses. What has impressed me is how businesses adapted to these challenges, implementing new cleanliness measures, adding social distancing guidelines, and utilizing technology to prioritize guest safety. The Travellers’ Choice Awards highlight the places that are consistently excellent - delivering quality experiences time and time again even while navigating changing customer expectations and new ways of working. Based on a full year of reviews from customers, this award speaks to the great service and experience you provided guests in the midst of a pandemic.”

 
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May 31, 2021 (Victoria, BC): Inn at Laurel Pointhas appointed seasoned industry expert Amy Pecorelli as Event Manager to collaborate, assist and oversee the initiation of the next phase of the property’s events program. Amy will help the celebrated hotel to amp up its hosting with a carbon-neutral package for planners and a series of signature events spotlighting community partners.

Over the past 20 years, Amy has earned an industry reputation as a pioneering trailblazer, and with good reason. After beginning her career as an event coordinator at Delta Hotels, she moved to the Victoria Conference Centre, where she spent 10 years organizing meetings and conventions as well as large-scale galas and social events. Here, she made her mark when the general manager expressed a desire to host unique, community-focused experiences. Amy and her partner put their heads together. They came up with Culinaire, a now-annual festival that beckons guests with a culinary cornucopia from Victoria and the Cowichan Valley's best restaurants, breweries, wineries, spirit makers and local industry proprietors. Inspired by the event’s success, Amy and Scott started a new endeavour: dreaming up food and beverage festivals and outdoor events, including Brewery & The Beast, which has evolved into one of the most popular festivals in BC.

As Event Manager at Inn at Laurel Point, Amy oversees new and current initiatives that will amplify the property's already widespread reputation as a coveted events venue. ”In addition to the excitement that comes with planning weddings, meetings or social events, I am thrilled to work alongside our culinary team, to design a series of signature events that will spotlight the team’s talents and their partnerships with local suppliers, broadening the hotel’s community involvement,” said Amy. Another project is designing a carbon-neutral package for planners; once completed, the package will include a carbon calculator that enables organizers to gauge the extent of their event’s carbon footprint, from flights to food, low-carbon group menus and a list of carbon-neutral suppliers.

Inn at Laurel Point is already an industry leader for sustainable offerings. In April, the hotel celebrated Earth Day by partnering with One Tree Planted to support reforestation on Vancouver Island and became the first hotel in North America to sign onto The Climate Pledge, a collective led by Amazon and Global Optimism, to meet The Paris Agreement a decade early. The first carbon-neutral hotel in BC, Inn at Laurel Point employs several innovations to minimize its carbon footprint, including hydrothermal technology to cool rooms with ocean water, upcycling worn-out sheets into bandages for developing nations and carbon offsets that invest in local nature conservation.

 
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The desire for a ‘seamless’ travel experience will have heightened during COVID-19 with travelers searching for an easy-to-use platform, where they can be inspired and informed of where they can travel safely. COVID-19 has increased the race to deploy contactless processes, digital health passes and safely store customer data. Therefore, companies should be looking to re-model travel apps to more effectively service and manage the post-pandemic traveler, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

The desire for contactless technology is strong among consumers globally as apps that typically use contactless payment allows consumers to purchase at ease. This is influencing how tourism companies target their customers when it comes to booking a holiday. GlobalData’s company filing analytics database shows that both mobile payments and online travel were in the top five themes mentioned in tourism company filings in 2020. Destination management organizations (DMOs) are looking to work towards more responsible tourism post-pandemic through better capacity management. All these areas suggest that travel apps are the way forward to benefit customer, company and destinations alike. Being proactive in developing an end-to-end service that inspires travel confidence, ensures safe travel and overall better management could prove highly lucrative and beneficial for all involved. 

Johanna Bonhill-Smith, Travel & Tourism Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “It now seems likely that some form of digital passport will be required to travel safely post-pandemic. There is a lucrative opportunity and a growing need for a travel app that can encompass all elements of a trip into a one stop solution, with omnichannel connectivity that covers everything from simplifying travel requirements to transactions. Anything that can help elevate the customer experience and inspire travel confidence should now be a key priority.”

Contactless payment systems are key. A higher number of respondents (55%) in GlobalData’s survey selected they would only pay for products/services using their cards or mobile phones rather than cash. The same survey also revealed 60% aim to ‘start or continue’ making banking transactions online in the ‘new normal’ following the COVID-19 period. Reasons behind this likely relate to general ease of use alongside health and hygiene. However, there are growing opportunities for app integration in tourism.

Bonhill-Smith continues: “From a company perspective, apps provide opportunity to upsell any additional products and can lead to higher return on investment (ROI). With both mobile payments and online travel ranking highly on GlobalData’s filing analytics database (theme mentions in 2020), this shows they are key areas of focus going forward. However, further developments need to be publicized and demonstrate the advantages of seamless app experiences to the end-user. 

Other than displaying COVID-19 travel requirements, travel apps also offer overwhelming benefits for destinations. An app devised by a DMO for example could promote the experiences within a destination, while managing capacity at certain attractions/locations. Benefits can also be seen here for airports, whereby tourists can be redirected to different areas of the airport due to heavy footfall, ensuring social distancing measures are adhered to.

 

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