Why should a hotel care about accommodating vegans better?
Many more people are becoming vegan. In recent years, the number or vegans are growing exponentially. It is the sector of the food and beverage industry that is widely acknowledged to be growing the most.
Why are they becoming vegan?
Many people are realizing that eating a plant-based or vegan diet is not only the healthiest diet, but also to lessen their environmental impact and of course people are realizing what happens to the animals (GRAPHIC) that are used in our food and they no longer want to participate in the industry. Vegans seek out restaurants and hotels that will accommodate their requirements and they tell everyone they know about their experience through social media and reviews.
And it's not JUST vegans who want delicious vegan food!
Non-vegans are also choosing to eat more vegan food (vegan before six, Meatless Mondays and weekday vegan) as they become more aware of the health, environmental and animal welfare implications of eating a lot of meat. As I am sure you are aware that these days many people have special dietary requirements and allergies. By having a delicious and thoughtful vegan menu, will mean that these will automatically be accommodated. For example, lactose intolerance, dairy free, seafood , sulphite allergies etc. Vegetarians will also happily eat vegan food, especially if it is of good quality. The huge increase in wellness, health retreats and yoga is also another explanation for the increase in demand and why hotels should be aiming to improve their vegan offerings.
How it works
I had, what I call, my awakening thanks to Brighde Reed. I never felt good about eating meat, but I continued to do so because "it's part of the natural food chain", or "we need protein"... things so ingrained in many of our heads since childhood. A few inquisitive questions to Brighde, quite simply, changed everything. She helped me see that we humans can actually live a healthier life on a plant based diet. I had no more excuses. What made changing my ways so easy, though, was how Brighde opened my eyes to the fact that a Vegan diet isn't so much about the things you can't eat, but more about the things you can! I've never had so much fun in the kitchen, making and creating things I thought I'd have to give up, impressing people with delicious food that's, *gasp*... vegan!