Whitbread joins the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

UK: Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn as well as a range of pub and restaurant brands, has joined the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

UK: Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn as well as a range of pub and restaurant brands, has joined the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

Through its sustainability programme ‘Force for Good’, Whitbread is aiming to have a positive impact on its guests and the environment. 

To deliver this vision, the company has set long-term strategic targets, including reaching net zero by 2040, eliminating unnecessary single-use plastic by 2025 and cutting food waste by 50 per cent by 2030. 

Whitbread owns and operates the majority of its properties with over 800 hotels and 400 restaurants in the UK and a growing footprint in Germany.

By becoming part of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, Whitbread is joining a global network which represents almost 40 per cent of the industry by rooms and brings the hospitality industry together with strategic and supply chain partners to work collectively on issues affecting the planet and its people.

Glenn Mandziuk, CEO of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, said: “We are delighted to welcome Whitbread into our growing membership. Their prominence in the UK market, combined with their strong focus on their people, local communities and the environment, will bring valuable insight and practical expertise to our community of responsible hospitality leaders. By working together as an industry, we can ensure that we are giving back to society and local destinations, and make net positive hospitality a reality.”

Rosana Elias, head of sustainability at Whitbread said: “We’re incredibly pleased to be joining the Alliance. ESG is a really important area of focus and we’re clear that by working together with our peers, innovating and collaborating, we will all stand a better chance of driving forward positive change. We’re delighted to continue our work in this area as part of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and support the move towards a net positive hospitality industry”.

Greenview partners with Sustainable Hospitality Alliance 

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and Greenview have become partners to advance sustainability across the hotel industry.

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and Greenview have become partners to advance sustainability across the hotel industry.

The two have signed a cooperation agreement which will combine the Alliance’s industry leadership, and sector-specific experience, with Greenview’s expertise in sustainability programmes and data management.

The idea is that the partnership will help with creating innovative tools and initiatives to support the industry to work towards Net Positive Hospitality.

The two have worked together before with the development of the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) – which enables hotels to measure the carbon footprint of stays, meetings and events. 

Glenn Mandziuk, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance CEO, said: “If we are to progress towards net positive hospitality, it is essential that hotels, partners and clients have access to reliable tools to understand the impact of the industry. Having worked collaboratively with Greenview to develop pioneering tools for a number of years, this new agreement will ensure that any and all hotels around the world are able to measure their impact and help create alignment in order to drive significant progress.”

The recently updated HCMI tool is applicable to all hotels, no matter their size, amenities, or experience in carbon reporting, and is now used by over 30,000 hotels worldwide. 

As the only industry-recognised carbon calculation methodology for over ten years, HCMI provides consistent, transparent, and globally comparable data, enabling hotels to inform buyer decision-making and track their carbon reduction progress. The tool is used in the Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking index (CHSB), the largest industry initiative of its kind which enables hotels and their customers to benchmark sustainability performance.

Greenview and the Alliance have also worked together to create the Hotel Destination Water Risk Index and build the Hotel Water Measurement Initiative, as well as collaborating with Tourism Declares, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) to create the Net Zero Methodology.

By working in collaboration with the hospitality industry, alongside expert partners, the Alliance strives to help hotels understand their relationship with the planet and its inhabitants and take crucial steps towards a more regenerative hospitality industry that gives back more than it takes.

Eric Ricaurte, Greenview Founder and CEO, said: “As ESG reporting becomes increasingly essential for companies around the world, we are proud to be working alongside the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance to ensure hotels and their networks have access to the latest tools and initiatives. Through this joined up approach we aim to facilitate hotels to not only keep track of their impact, but also understand and communicate their progression towards a more sustainable future.”

Image from Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

Marriott wins sustainability award for Asia Pacific hotels

ASIA PACIFIC: Marriott International in Asia Pacific has won an award for Best Sustainable Hotel Chain.

ASIA PACIFIC: Marriott International in Asia Pacific has won an award for Best Sustainable Hotel Chain.

The hotel chain was presented with the M&C Asia Stella Award for Best Sustainable Hotel Chain – Marriott International Asia Pacific. The M&C Asia Stella Awards honour the meetings industry in Asia Pacific.

Rajeev Menon, president – Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China), Marriott International said: “We are delighted to receive these industry awards, each one in recognition of our efforts and commitment to leading and shaping the future of travel. This is only made possible by the dedication and support of our associates, guests, owners, and partners. With travel gradually returning, we look forward to delivering exceptional guest experiences for travellers as they return to stay with us.”

Some of Marriott’s initiatives include its Serve 360 platform, which launched in 2017, and offers a framework to help guide and track the hotel group’s sustainability and social impact up to 2025. The platform’s ESG goals are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Marriott International has also committed to reach net zero no later than 2050. As well as creating positive practices such as reduced single use plastic, reducing food and water waste, guests at Marriott can also be part of the Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy programme, which allows them to make a positive impact on their travels.

The Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy programme is available at nearly 100 hotels in Asia Pacific, and guests can be part of experiences, which are based on its three key pillars: Environmental Protection, Community Engagement and Marine Conservation.

To read more about sustainable meeting spaces and convention centres the parent company of the M&C Stella Awards, Northstar, has published a guide here.

Bloomberg’s study finds sustainability important factor for future traveller behaviour

US: Bloomberg Media has published its Now Boarding: The Global Traveller’s Outlook study revealing current and future travel sentiments and behaviours.

US: Bloomberg Media has published its Now Boarding: The Global Traveller’s Outlook study revealing current and future travel sentiments and behaviours.

The study surveyed 1,456 affluent leisure and business travellers aged 25 to 65 years old, across China, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Australia, UK, France, Germany, UAE, Saudi Arabia and the US. 

The study found that across APAC sustainable travel will play a key role in travel planning, with two thirds of travellers willing to pay more for sustainable travel options offered by airlines or accommodation.

The results also showed 80 per cent of travellers treat sustainability as an important factor especially those in US and APAC. In fact, 85 per cent of APAC travellers and 80 per cent of American travellers said sustainable travel will play a key role in planning their trips. The respondents noted they wanted brands which use renewable energy/resources and are committed to reducing their carbon footprint.

More than 50 per cent of those travellers in APAC are willing to pay more for sustainable travel options offered by airlines or accommodation, while 60 per cent of respondents from Europe, the Middle East and Africa are also willing to pay more. According to the study, half of UK travellers are willing to pay more for sustainable options in airlines and hotel bookings. This is similar to Booking.com’s findings in its 2022 sustainability report, released earlier this year.

“Blesiure” travel is one trend which is full force and one of the top travel trends for those surveyed, with 45 per cent opting to sightsee or extended their trip while travelling for business. This impacts on sustainable trends as it may mean taking fewer flights and choosing extended stay accommodation, which is generally seen as a more sustainable choice as there are fewer public areas to heat and light.

Michelle Lynn, global head of data and insights for Bloomberg Media said: “COVID-19 changed the way the world views and experiences travel now. With Now Boarding, we were interested in finding out how the pandemic has specifically changed traveller’s outlook, including a deep dive into the areas of concern and the benefits they now seek from travel operators, airlines, and hotels.”

Image from Bloomberg’s Now Boarding summary.

Indian Hotels Company installs 224 EV charging points

INDIA: India’s largest hospitality brand, Indian Hotels Company Limited, has installed 224 EV charging stations at 92 of its hotels.

INDIA: India’s largest hospitality brand, Indian Hotels Company Limited, has installed 224 EV charging stations at 92 of its hotels.

Brands which have the EV charging stations installed include Taj, SeleQtions, Vivanta, Ginger and amã Stays & Trails properties across the country.

Gaurav Pokhariyal, executive vice president – human resources, Indian Hotels Company said: “At IHCL, sustainability is at the core of all that we do. The installation of the EV charging points is in line with our focus on Environmental Stewardship, which is one of the key pillars of Paathya. Today, we are seeing a major paradigm shift across the globe as an increasing number of people are gravitating towards alternative or less energy-intensive options of transport. At IHCL, we will continue our endeavour to embrace green sources of energy while making sustainability measures easily accessible for our customers.”

The move to install the EV charging points is aligned with the hotel company’s commitment to cater to more environmentally conscious customers. Guests staying at the hotels are more aware of reducing their carbon footprint including adapting to more sustainable ways to travel and live. 

IHCL has also announced its sustainability commitments for the year 2030, where it continues to pioneer sustainable practices creating benchmarks in the tourism industry.

Click here to see IHCL’s sustainable initiatives with its 66 page Sustainability Report. 

Electric Vehicle charging points are becoming more prevalent in hotels across the worlds as part of ESG targets and to drive forward sustainable practices. Radisson Hotel Group recently launched its first ultra-fast EV charging points in Frankfurt.