Tui Group joins tourism initiative to stamp out plastic pollution

Tui Group is among 32 travel businesses and destinations joining a global effort to stamp out plastic waste.

They are backing an initiative, now signed by 93 companies and organisations, designed to unite the tourism sector behind a common vision to address the root causes of plastic pollution.

Others signing up to the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative backed by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation include AC Hotels by Marriott, Palladium Hotel Group, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, Hostelling International, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and Visit Valencia.

Every global region is now represented behind the shared goal as the industry are steps up its commitment to sustainability.

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Organisations involved represent stages of the tourism value chain, including accommodation providers, tour operators, online platforms, suppliers, waste managers and supporting businesses.

UNWTO secretary-general Zurab Pololikashvili said: “Addressing plastic pollution is essential to sustainably restart tourism, preserve destinations and contribute to climate action.

“We are proud to see the number of signatories growing continuously since the launch of the initiative.”

Tui Group sustainability manager Andreas Vermohlen said: “Together we can make important steps towards less unnecessary single-use plastic in the world and shift towards a circular economy.”

To mark the confirmation of the new signatories, UNWTO and the United Nations Environment Programme, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, held a special panel discussion.

Participants included Accor Group, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, Palladium Hotel Group, Chumbe Island Coral Park and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

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