At one point or another, you are going to travel somewhere. It may be for work, or it may be part of a family vacation. Everybody travels.
You will rent a hotel for a couple days, and you will likely enjoy a long, relaxing shower. Why not? You’ve had to deal with the stresses of traveling to your destination, making sure you haven’t left any of your belongings along the way. It’s not YOUR house. It’s not YOUR water. Go ahead and indulge.
Multiply that by several thousand people, and you get an idea of how much water gets used at major hotel chains around the world. Travel & Tourism is one of those industries that never gets a break. The continuous overuse of water and other amenities has caused major hotels to start thinking about how they can track their carbon and water footprints.
Twelve global hotel chains have come together to achieve a consensus on carbon measurement in the hospitality industry. These include Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International, MGM Resorts International, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts and Premier Inn – Whitbread Group. They are forming a new Carbon Measurement Working Group along with the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
The working group will use the statistics they calculate and report to make appropriate changes to their carbon footprint. In the end, the hotel chains expect to attract customers and investors by showing their commitment to sustainability and therefore providing a comparative measure against their competitors.
At this point in time, the working group has already completed the first phase of the project. They have plans to release their report sometime next year.
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