The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) launched a 12-point hotel sustainability initiative as industry leaders and tourism professionals from around the world gathered to celebrate the growing and successful return to world travel at the WTTC Summit in Manila this week.
The “Hotel Sustainable Basics,” is designed to promote responsible tourism and minimize environmental impact while creating an industry standard for hotels.
The action steps for hotels include finding ways to measure and reduce energy, water use, waste, and carbon emissions, developing a linen reuse program, and eliminating plastic straws, stirrers, single-use plastic water bottles, and bulk amenity dispensers in bathrooms.
WTTC said hotels that put these measures into place would receive verification from the agency, which it hopes would become a global standard.
WTTC has also released an Economic Impact Report pointing to positive signs in tourism, with a prediction of 126 million new travel-related job-creation over the next decade.
The report also predicted that travel and tourism GDP could reach pre-pandemic levels by 2023, with regions with the fastest recovery being destinations where the government lifted or loosened restrictions like Greece, the Maldives, and Florida.
Meanwhile, WTTC president and CEO Julia Simpson also called for an end to test requirements to enter countries like the United States, saying the way forward is through vaccination and booster requirements rather than onerous restrictions.
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