ATLAS SIG Circular Economy Webinar

ATLAS SIG Circular Economy Webinar
Circular Economy Transition in Hospitality:
The experience of Garden Hotels in Mallorca
March 22, 2024
10.30 – 12.00 CET

The Special Interest Group is happy to organise this webinar focusing on an industry case giver. By doing this the aim is to bridge theory and practice offering a moment of discussion among academia and industry. The industry case giver – Mrs Erica Garcia Nunes from Garden Hotels (Spain) will present their own experience with regards to the transition to Circular Economy: steps, opportunities, and challenges. After her presentation, Erica will be happy to engage in a Q&A session with the audience.


Garden Hotels, a Mallorcan hotel chain, was the first to receive the AENOR circular economy strategy certification in 2021 at EMEA. However, the group has been driving its transformation towards the circular economy for more than 10 years. Our programme of objectives in circular economy includes aspects such as the commitment to “zero-kilometre” products, conscious purchasing, the elimination of single-use plastics in the establishments and the reuse of organic hotel waste to make compost suitable for organic farming.


Link to the Garden Hotel and their page on Circular Economy


The webinar is free to attend for ATLAS members and non-member.
The webinar can be attended in an YouTube Livestream


Case Giver & Speaker


Erica García Nuñez

Coordinator, Sustainability Department, Garden Hotels, Mallorca, Spain
Graduate in Tourism from the University of the Balearic Islands and Master’s Degree in Sustainable Tourism Planning and Management. I have held different positions in the reception, sales and hotel management departments before joining the Garden Hotels family, leading the Sustainability department. The aim of my speech is to mobilise all those present to take action, recognising the business and sectorial capacity that we all have to promote the sustainable development of tourism.



Lucia Tomassini

Lucia Tomassini is a Research Lecturer in Sustainability in Hospitality and Tourism at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences and at the University of Groningen, Campus Fryslan, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. At NHL Stenden, she is responsible fror the project and research line of Circular Economy in Hospitality and Tourism. Her academic research embraces studies on the relationship between the tourism and development agenda, urban planning, social-geography, sustainability and circular economy, animal-based tourism, wildlife tourism, and posthuman approaches in tourism studies.

Elena Cavagnaro

Elena Cavagnaro holds a MA from the University of Rome and a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Since 2004 she is professor at NHL Stenden (The Netherlands), first of service studies and then of sustainability in hospitality and tourism. She is associate professor at the University of Groningen and visiting professor at the Universities of Derby and of Sunderland (UK) and Bergamo (Italy). Following her understanding of sustainability as a multi-dimensional and multi-layered concept, her research focuses on issues that run across and connect the social, organizational and individual layer of sustainability.


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