How to achieve growth in a more sustainable and responsible way in the hospitality industry has been a priority for some time. While the industry can act as a positive economic force, it’s also true that the growing number of people travelling each year poses additional challenges including greenhouse gas emissions, resource management, as well as the impact on local communities and cultural assets.
On the other hand, sustainability is also becoming one of the key factors in many travellers’ decision-making process. While travelling, hospitality clients are increasingly seeking to uphold the eco-friendly habits they have implemented in their daily lives. The industry therefore has now to adapt as to reflect its client’s environmental commitments.
In recognition of such long-term challenges, organisations such as the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are working towards advancing tourism’s contribution to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with an emphasis on the SDGs most linked to tourism. At commercial level, there are also resources being committed and initiatives launched dedicated to more sustainable practices. Accor, for example, is committed to reducing food waste by at least 30%, alongside plans to make all future owned and leased hotel developments and renovations 100% low carbon by 2020.