Tablet launches sustainable icon for its hotels

Tablet Hotels, the hotel curators for the MICHELIN Guide, has launched a programme to help travellers choose greener options.

Tablet Hotels, the hotel curators for the MICHELIN Guide, has launched a programme to help travellers choose greener options.

To get a sustainable icon next to its name the hotel on Tablet’s booking system has to achieve the following.

  • Every hotel is given a set of sustainability standards and asked to assess how they’re working to make a positive impact on the planet and in their community. The icon indicates that a hotel has completed the assessment, and their sustainability measures are available to view.
  • The icon also appears when a hotel has been awarded a verified sustainability certification.

More than 1,000 hotels have earned the icon since April this year and hotels have been keen to promote their green initiatives, as the demand for sustainable travel increases. According to Booking.com’s Sustainability Report this year, 78 per cent of of travellers intend to stay in a sustainable property compared with 46 per cent who stayed in one last year.

Lucy Lieberman, CEO of Tablet Hotels said: “More and more travellers say sustainability is important to them, but they don’t always know where to find the right information. We want to provide the tools they need to make hotel choices that fit their values, and we want to show that travel and sustainability are not at odds. The sustainability icon is just the first part of our plans to accomplish those goals.” 

The hotels have to fill in a self assessment document about their environmental and sustainable practices as well as how they contribute positively to social responsibility and cultural heritage.

They also get an icon when they achieve an accreditation recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), or other sustinabel authorities such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Building Council, and Accor’s Planet 21

Roi Ariel, general manager of the GSTC said: “This is an impactful moment in the travel industry. Tablet has spent more than two decades defining the essential qualities of a great hotel; now they’re helping to put sustainability at the top of that list.”

Tablet Hotels was founded in 2000 and has been part of MICHELIN since 2018.

Google has a similar sustainability filter tool on its travel hotel booking website – read more about that here.

Image from Table Hotels – one of the sustainable hotel options in Italy, Vivere Suites and Rooms.

Travel management company CWT joins Global Sustainable Tourism Council

WORLDWIDE: CWT, a global travel management company, which helps companies manage their travel and accommodation needs, has become a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.


WORLDWIDE: CWT, a global travel management company, which helps companies manage their travel and accommodation needs, has become a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Randy Durband, chief executive officer of GSTC said: “GSTC is delighted that CWT joins the rapidly growing list of major brands that see the value in applying the GSTC Criteria, and our programs, as part of their commitment to enhance the sustainability of their extensive operations and supply chain.”

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), business travel spending worldwide has more than doubled since 2000 – and in 2019 peaked at roughly USD$1.28 trillion. However, as the GSTC says on its website “business travel also has a negative effect on our environment. Sustainable business travel is concerned with managing the costs, social impacts and environmental consequences generated by the use of different modes of business travel.”

Using the GSTC Criteria as a reference point, corporates and organisations can put in place systems to adopt sustainable working policies and practices.

CWT has a broad portfolio of responsible travel products, services and measures to help its clients reach their sustainability goals. In March CWt implemented carbon footprint indicators, and in June it launched enhanced CO2 emission reporting to underpin responsible travel programs for travel bookers to make green choices for corporate travellers.

CWT works with Thrust Carbon, to bring further enhancements to its responsible travel consulting and portfolio. 

Charlie Sullivan, VP product management at CWT said: “CWT has worked collaboratively with its customers and partners for over a decade to provide innovative sustainable corporate travel solutions and insights. We are thrilled to be part of the GSTC family, combining our efforts and influence to drive awareness and adoption of standards for sustainable travel”. 

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC®) manages the GSTC Criteria, the global standards for sustainable travel and tourism; as well as acts as an international body providing assurance for sustainable tourism certification in three key subsectors of tourism: hotels/accommodations, tour operators/agencies, and destinations. 

Recently, Agoda, the digital travel and booking platform, teamed up with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) to help create sustainable tourism practices for hotels.

Photo: Google Pexels

easyJet launches sustainable hotels page on its website

Easyjet has launched a new part of its website, which helps those looking for hotels to choose the sustainable option.

Easyjet has launched a new part of its website, which helps those looking for hotels to choose the sustainable option.

The collection of eco-certified hotels all have the Global Sustainable Tourism Council certification or have achieved GSTC recognised standards for hotels.

These hotels are run “as sustainably as possible” and make positive impacts on the environment and their local communities. 

The GSTC is a global membership organisation, formed to manage global standards for sustainable travel and tourism. As a member of the GSTC Easyjet is encouraging all of its hotel partners to achieve certification by 2025.

Matt Callaghan, easyJet holidays’ customer and operations director, said: “We know from our own research that sustainability is an important factor when booking a holiday, and that consumers are looking to cut their impact on the environment.”

Last year easyJet became the first major UK tour operator to offset carbon emissions from its package holidays, which includes fuel used for flights, hotel energy and destination transfers.

easyJet’s sustainable hotel page can be found here.

Image: GSTC