Tourism companies and destinations are making increasing efforts and are increasingly committed to sustainability. The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, which aims to reduce waste and pollution in the tourism sector, has become richer for 32 new signatories.
The initiative has united the tourism sector, which has a common vision and goal, which is to address the root causes of plastic pollution. It enables companies, governments and other stakeholders in tourism to become an example in the transition to a circular plastics economy. Among the 32 new signatories are organizations such as TUI Group, AC Hotels by Marriott, Palladium Hotel Group, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, Hostelling International, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and Visit Valencia. Thus, the total number of signatories grew to 93 companies and organizations, including accommodation providers, tour operators, network platforms, suppliers and supporting organizations.
"Together we can take important steps towards unnecessary disposable plastics in the world and switch to a circular economy", said Andreas Vermöhlen, Manager for Sustainability, Circular Economy and Sustainable Development at TUI Group.
To mark the accession of new signatories to the Global Initiative, the UNWTO and the United Nations Environment Program, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, held a special panel discussion on “Eliminate. Improve. Circle. Strategies of the Global Plastics Tourism Initiative.
“Tackling plastic pollution is key to sustainable tourism relaunch, destination conservation and contributing to climate action. We are proud to see the number of signatories growing continuously since the initiative was launched. ”, said Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General.
In addition, the introductory presentation on “Lifecycle Approach - Key Messages for Tourism Businesses” further highlighted the objectives of the Global Plastics Tourism Initiative, with particular emphasis on innovation and the importance of context-based approaches to ensure plastics return to the economy. rather than throwing away after use.
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