Responsible TourismThe Global Tourism Plastics Initiative welcomes 21 new signatories in first annual report, including tour operators, and associations.

These tourism names are the latest to say 'no' to plastic

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All signatories have set concrete targets around the elimination of unnecessary and problematic plastics, on a value chain level to improve recyclability.
All signatories have set concrete targets around the elimination of unnecessary and problematic plastics, on a value chain level to improve recyclability. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Kenishirotie

The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative has released its first annual report, where pioneer signatories Accor, Club Med, Hong-Kong and Shanghai Hotels, Iberostar, Melco, Six Senses among others have reported progress in commitments to tackle plastic pollution the past year.

Together, the above hospitality names have eliminated more than 108 million plastic items and packaging in 2020, totalling some 804 metric tons — equivalent to 27 large shipping containers full of plastic.

Some initiatives include Club Med's ongoing global removal of disposable plastic items and next, reducing by up to 50% the use of plastic water bottles in 2024; while Accor is planning to offer only dry amenities on demand in order to reduce the volume offered by default, as well as introducing reusable solutions in-room and service areas by 2025.

Melco adopted a water refill system in guest rooms to save 14.8 million plastic bottles annually since December 2020, and is continuing on to its Zero Waste Resorts goal by 2030.

Six Senses has by far pushed quickest ahead in its plastic-free vision, achieving by 2019 partial replacement of plastic for its F&B, and with hotel suppliers. The next step is to source naturally compostable packing, share best practices with industry partners, and a zero waste to landfill target.

Along the chain, deSter, a member of gategroup and the leading supplier to the aviation, hospitality and foodservice industries by discontinuing the launch of new products with non-recyclable materials; working on fibre-based technologies and closed loop recycling pilots with customers; and developing new designs.

Since its inauguration in July 2021, another 21 new signatories have joined the pledge to make a difference on the value chain level, taking the total number of organisations in the tourism sector to 113.

They include accommodation companies such as Alila Villas Uluwatu, and Sudima Hotels); tour operators Secret Scotland Tours, SEE Turtles, Travel.Bhutan, and Turama Pacific Travel Group; supporting organisations Jaya House River Park Siem Reap, Lombok Tourism Polytechnic, Union of International Mountain Leader Associations, and Worldwide Association of Diving Instructors; as well as Azerbaijan Tourism Board (ATB).

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