Category: Sustainable Travel & Tourism

A Sustainable Travel & Tourism

Sustainable TravelAccording to the UN Environment Program and UN World Tourism Organisation Sustainable tourism is defined as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.”

Lumo – new budget intercity rail service to rival airlines.

Lumo UK electric train service to rival internal flights

“Travelling in the UK should not cost a fortune and it certainly shouldn’t be the planet that pays” Said Helen Wylde, managing director at Lumo as they announced their new budget intercity rail service.  The company hopes to carry more than one million passengers a year between London and Edinburgh and claims its Hitachi AT300 electric trains, will […]

The Hotel Waste Measurement Methodology

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Last week WWF and Greenview unveiled the Hotel Waste Measurement Methodology. Specifically designed for the hospitality industry, the methodology provides a common approach to report on and manage waste. Many in the hotel industry have made progress on waste reduction, but unlike water and electricity consumption, waste is notoriously difficult to quantify. Without a standard measurement approach in place industry-wide waste reduction is […]

New cabin crew and pilot uniforms made from recycled plastic bottles.

Easyjet introduce uniform made from recycled plastic bottles

easyJet is rolling out a new uniform for its cabin crew and pilots made from approximately 45 recycled plastic bottles each. It is estimated that the new uniform will save around half a million plastic bottles going to waste each year. The innovative high-tech material was developed using renewable energy sources and has a 75% lower carbon footprint […]

The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative

Plastic waste on a beach

We each eat one credit card of plastic each week! According to Sebastien Bazin the Chairman & CEO of Accor.  Last month 32 new signatories joined Accor and were added to The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, each committing to: Eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and items; Take action to move from single-use to reuse models or reusable alternatives; […]

The Belvera B2B travel sustainability report 2021

The Belvera B2B travel sustainability report 2021

Yesterday Belvera Partners published ‘The Belvera B2B travel sustainability report 2021: sustainability reporting in B2B travel’s top 350 companies globally’, featuring expert advice and case studies from Amadeus and Hotelbeds. Worryingly, the report finds that over 80% of the top 350 companies in the B2B Travel space don’t have any kind of sustainability report in place. This shows the opportunities to gain a […]

Two major initiatives which will touch all lives and businesses within Europe

wind farm

Last week saw the announcement of two major initiatives which will touch all lives and businesses within Europe. Firstly, the European Union announced its most ambitious climate change proposals to date: The ‘Fit for 55 package’ (so named, because it would put the bloc on track to meet its 2030 goal of reducing emissions by 55% […]

Singapore, a Clean, Green Urban Oasis

Singapore a clean, green urban oasis

Loose yourself in the Gardens by the Bay, home to the iconic Supertrees (25 to 50 meter tall man-made trees entwined with plants, that emit a dazzling, solar powered light show every evening); the Flower Dome (the world’s largest glass greenhouse) and the Cloud Forest conservatory, where you’ll find the world’s tallest indoor waterfall and […]

Booking.com’s Sustainable Travel Report 2021

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Booking.com’s Sustainable Travel Report 2021 reveals the growing importance that both accommodation provides & travellers are placing on sustainability.  82% of Booking.com’s accommodation partners view sustainability in the hospitality industry as important, mirroring the 83% of travellers who believe sustainable travel is a vital issue. Yet, it’s clear that more needs to be done to help […]

Going the extra mile!

The Travel Positive initiative by Pura Aventura is a shining example of how travel can be a powerful force for good.  Supporting communities overseas by working directly with local guides whilst providing an ambitious carbon mitigation plan: “For every kilometre you travel with us by air, road and sea on our holidays, from your front door and […]

Hotelbeds ‘Green Hotels Programme’.

In October 2020 Hotelbeds (the world’s largest B2B bedbank) launched their ‘Green Hotels Programme’. Adding a green filter to their portfolio of properties and enabling over 60,000 travel trade partners to easily identify sustainable options. We forecast that this will be another important factor in accelerating sustainable change in the hotel sector. The transparency it brings is […]