Founded in 2001 with backing from Anita Roddick (founder of The Body Shop),
Responsible Travel was the first business in the world to use this term. Responsible Travel recognises that all tourism is both good and
bad for the environment and local people, and tries to increase the good, and reduce the bad. Tens of thousands of people have discovered that it's a more enjoyable and authentic way to travel too.
The ways in which we at Artemis Yoruk Hotel try to be part of the Responsible Travel network are detailed below.
We use solar energy for the heating of all water (25 solar panels in total). To minimise your energy consumption we have installed energy
saver keys which automatically switches off power in the rooms when they are empty.
We conserve water - All our rooms have showers only, not bathtubs. Guests staying more than one night have the option of
reusing their towels and linen to save water waste.
We recycle all plastic and glass bottles. Also newspapers are used around the hotel for various cleaning duties. We grow some of our vegetables
and fruits around the hotel, composted with our own food scraps. We find the taste of home grown fruit and vegetables much more tasty than non-organic foods.
We shop locally - By purchasing food, equipment and supplies locally we can help keep smaller locally owned businesses survive.
Education - we try to do our part to educate tourists of Pamukkale's history and give our guests ideas on ways to actively
help keep the Travertines the natural wonder that they are. e.g.walking without shoes, being careful with sunscreen etc.
Our hotel has been family owned and run for over 30 years so we have a real connection to Pamukkale and its local community. We like guests
to interact with the locals and get a real feel for Turkish life. Walking around Pamukkale or taking a short dolmus ride is a great way to see
real Turkish village life. More often than not you will be asked to join some families for some tea or a quick bite.
We always have time to talk to our guests and answer their questions about Turkish culture, local customs, appropriate dress and anything
else they would like to know.
If this type of Tourism interests you we would highly recommend you check out their website for listings world wide. In addition, for every
holiday booked via responsible travel, £1 is donated to charity.