Partnership formed for best practice in sustainable hospitality tourism 

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council have formed a partnership to consolidate best practice in sustainable hospitality and tourism.

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council have formed a partnership to consolidate best practice in sustainable hospitality and tourism.

This new partnership will bring together the Alliance’s hospitality industry reach and measurement expertise, with the GSTC’s experience in sustainability standards and assurance, to enhance the industry’s understanding of sustainability criteria and the need to capture robust sustainability data.

Over recent years, greenwashing has become a widespread issue globally and across every industry, as companies all too often use sustainability language to present a positive image, without evidence of any real impact. 

Within the hospitality industry, the number of ways in which companies are required to report ESG data for different stakeholders and countries, can also lead to difficulties in benchmarking companies and therefore difficult to establish best practice.

Solving this issue will be at the core of this new collaboration – combining the GSTC Criteria, accreditation programme and training opportunities with the Alliance’s industry leadership and bank of pioneering tools and initiatives.

Glenn Mandziuk, CEO of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance said: “We’re so pleased to be working in partnership with the GSTC. Our organisations have long understood the power of the hospitality and tourism industries as a vehicle for positive lasting change and have been working to measure and monitor this positive impact. Now is the time to unite our expertise, embedding sustainability criteria across the industry and ensuring every hotel has the tools and guidance needed to become a more regenerative business, that gives back more than it takes.”

Randy Durband, CEO of GSTC added: “GSTC is increasingly supporting the development of universal measurement tools for sustainability in order to facilitate businesses assessing, benchmarking, and improving their performance on each of the criteria within the GSTC Criteria, and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance’s work on sustainable measurement in hospitality is critical to that effort. We have engaged with the Alliance for many years but are pleased to formalise and expand our partnership.”

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Radisson Hotel Group becomes member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council

WORLDWIDE: Radisson Hotel Group has committed to its ongoing  development of sustainable tourism practices by joining the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

WORLDWIDE: Radisson Hotel Group has committed to its ongoing  development of sustainable tourism practices by joining the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

The Group has made substantial strides to drive change in response to climate change, towards sustainability, renewable energy, green building design, green mobility, and the establishment of the Hotel Sustainability Basics to target Net Zero Hospitality by 2050.

​Earlier this year at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)’s Global Summit Radisson Hotel Group, together with other brands, associations and destinations in the industry, launched the Hotel Sustainability Basics, a coordinated set of basic actions that hotels should implement as a minimum at the beginning of their sustainability journey. It highlights twelve actions which are fundamental to hotel sustainability. Radisson Hotel Group was a leading supporter and driving force behind the establishment of the Hotel Sustainability Basics. You can read more about how the WTTC was releasing its benchmarking process for the Hotel Sustainability Basics by clicking on these links.

Inge Huijbrechts, global SVP sustainability, security and corporate communication, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “At Radisson Hotel Group, we believe the best way to achieve concrete results and move the industry on the path to Net Zero by 2050 is to work alongside global partners and industry bodies, such as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Sustainability is not competitive but rather collaborative, together we can aim to help solve global issues we all face. We look forward to working with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and its partners to align our strong criteria to reach Net Zero emissions latest by 2050.”

During this year’s COP27 in Egypt, Radisson Hotel Group reaffirmed its strong commitment to sustainability by signing the Glasgow Declaration and encouraging other hospitality groups to join the call for strong actions to halve emissions over the next decade and reach Net Zero emissions as soon as possible before 2050.

The Group also remains committed to its corporate responsibility targets as outlined in its strategic plan for 2020 – 2025. These targets align with and contribute to the hotel industry 2030 focus areas, defined by the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

In September this year, Radisson Hotel Group received confirmation and validation of its near-term Science Based Targets (SBTs) aligned with its commitment to be Net-Zero by 2050. 

Targets include reducing carbon and water footprint by 30 per cent by 2025, removing single-use plastics, and continuing to drive best practices in responsible consumption behaviours. 

The GSTC aims foster change in the world of sustainable travel and tourism by understanding, adoption and demand for sustainable tourism practices.

GSTC CEO Randy Durband, said: “Radisson Hotel Group has taken many great steps toward applying sustainable practices across their extensive group of hotels. And we at GSTC are delighted to have them join us for collaboration on further progress in their journey to sustainability.”

Radisson also recently unveiled its ultra fast EV charging hubs in Frankfurt.

The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance updates carbon tool for a comparable approach to carbon, water and waste reporting

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance has updated its Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) to make a tool which offers a comparable, transparent approach to carbon, water and waste reporting.

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance has updated its Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) to make a tool which offers a comparable, transparent approach to carbon, water and waste reporting.

The tool, which was developed more than 10 years ago has been updated after user feedback and research by Cornell University’s Center for Hospitality Research.

The latest version has been updated to align with GHG Protocol guidance and to better incorporate renewable energy with the support of Greenview. Publicly available carbon emissions factors have also been added into the tool to make it more accessible. 

The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance is calling on the hospitality industry, including corporate clients and booking platforms, to use common measurement metrics to ensure a transparent and globally comparable approach to carbon, water and waste reporting.

Glenn Mandziuk, CEO, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance said: “With sustainability rightly becoming an increasingly important focus for the industry and their guests, clients, investors and suppliers, it is vital that the industry has the tools to measure and monitor their impact, and can be accurately recognised for their progress. We therefore all need to be speaking the same language by using consistent and robust methods and we are proud to be updating HCMI which will enable everyone to focus on minimising negative impacts and accelerate action towards net positive hospitality for people and planet.” 

HCMI has been the only industry-recognised carbon calculation methodology for more than ten years. The methodology is used widely across the industry by over 30,000 hotels including those of Hyatt, Marriott International, Radisson Hotel Group and Scandic, and some business travel platforms.

Kerry Douglas, Head of Programme, Institute of Travel Management (ITM)

“In our most recent survey of ITM’s buyer members ‘influencing sustainable practice’ ranked

as the second biggest challenge that they face currently when it comes to managing travel. Our buyer members want and need transparent and comparable data from hotels to support their sustainability initiatives and provide their travellers and organisations alike with the insights needed to understand, manage and report on the impact of their business travel. This is why programmes such as the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance’s HCMI are so important in giving hotels a recognised methodology to calculate carbon footprint per occupied room per day. We would certainly encourage hotels to use HCMI and provide accurate and benchmarkable data to their corporate customers.”  

We recently reported the news that Sustainable Hospitality Alliancehas teamed up with several leading industry organisations to use of HCMI including World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), who will incorporate it into the guidance they give to the industry and corporate travel managers. 

Delphine Millot, SVP Sustainability, Global Business Travel Association said: “Harmonising the way emissions are measured on an industry-wide, global scale is critical to allow corporations to effectively calculate and compare emissions from their hotel stays. Earlier this year, GBTA’s study on the State of Sustainability for Global Business Travel, showed that almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of the industry identifies the lack of transparent sustainability data as a main barrier to climate action. HCMI, given its accuracy, availability and transparency, provides the right framework for the hospitality sector. GBTA looks forward to collaborating with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance to ensure a wider use and uptake of HCMI as a go-to standard for hotels’ carbon measurement.” 

The methodology has also been recognised at the governmental level, with data based on it used in the UK government’s greenhouse gas reporting calculator1. It also supports users of the One Planet Network’s Glasgow Declaration for Climate Action in Tourism.

Free for all the industry, HCMI generates robust, comparable data which can be used to inform buyer decision-making, in addition to helping hotels track their carbon reduction progress. The methodology applies to all hotels, large or small, regardless of amenities offered. It can be built into existing systems or used as a stand-alone tool, by those without their own systems, making HCMI accessible to every hotel in the world.

Alongside HCMI, the Hotel Water Measurement Initiative (HWMI) and the Hotel Waste Measurement Methodology (HWMM) are available to help hotels provide consistent and transparent data on their water and waste footprints. 

All three methodologies are 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.

HCMI was originally developed by the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and WTTC in collaboration with 23 leading global hospitality companies, and reviewed by external experts including the World Resources Institute (WRI).

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Trip.com Group joins Global Sustainable Tourism Council 

WORLDWIDE: Trip.com Group has officially joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) global network as a member. 

WORLDWIDE: Trip.com Group has officially joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) global network as a member. 

The global travel service provider which includes Trip.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, and Qunar said its mission is to ‘pursue the perfect trip for a better world’.

To fulfil this Trip.com Group announced its green tourism goals, in summer this year, covering three key areas: to launch over 10,000 low-carbon travel products; to promote sustainable travel and engage 100 million travellers in low-carbon practices; and aim to further reduce carbon emissions across its own operations.

Trip.com Group also surveyed more than 7,700 travellers from 11 markets to produce its Sustainable Travel Consumer Report 2022. The report revealed 78.7 per cent of travellers recognise the importance of sustainable travel. The responses also showed 67.7 per cent of travellers are now open to paying more for sustainable options and that travellers were more aware of their impact on the planet since the COVID-19 pandemic. It also inspired Trip.com to launch the CHOOSE carbon offsetting option for travellers to offset their flights’ Co2 emissions. 

As a member of the GSTC, Trip.com Group will support the GSTC mission to promote sustainable tourism standards in the travel and tourism sector. 

Jane Sun, chief executive officer of Trip.com Group said: “At Trip.com Group, we believe we can only solve big issues by working with our peers from across the industry. This is why we are very excited to become a member of the GSTC, joining their global community to collaborate on sustainable travel initiatives that contribute towards a more sustainable future.”

Randy Durband, chief executive officer of GSTC said: “We at GSTC are delighted to welcome Trip.com Group and all its powerful brands as a member of our growing community of members. Their power in the marketplace can deliver much in the way of more sustainable forms of tourism being made available to more travellers throughout the world, and we look forward to partnering in those efforts”.

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.