Key issues

Carbon and the hotel industry

According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the travel and tourism sector accounts for 5% of global CO2 emissions with accommodation comprising 20% of this figure. International hotel companies are working hard to make their activities more carbon efficient. As global companies, ITP members recognise the importance of mitigating the environmental impact of their operations and are seeking practical industry-led solutions. Effectively measuring, reporting and communicating carbon emissions in a clear and consistent way is a critical step towards this goal. In addition, investors and customers are increasingly demanding information from hotels about their greenhouse gas emissions and corporate strategies for addressing climate risks.

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Human trafficking

Human Trafficking is the modern form of slavery and the fastest-growing international crime, affecting many industries worldwide.

In 2005 the International Labour Organization estimated that human trafficking is the third-largest illicit moneymaking venture in the world, after drug dealing and the arms trade, generating about $32 billion annually. According to UNICEF, 1.2 million children are trafficked every year, exposing them to violence and sexual exploitation. As an industry we recognize that we have a responsibility around the world to help play a critical role in increasing awareness and prevention, both directly and through the supply chain.

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Water scarcity is a recognised global problem, with demand for water projected to exceed supply by 40 percent by 2030. By the same year, half the world’s population will be living in areas of high water stress.

The hotel industry is part of a rapidly growing tourism sector. According to the UNWTO, growth in international tourism will reach 1.6 billion trips in 2020. There is disproportionate hotel growth in coastal and island destinations, where arguably water scarcity and water equity issues are most pressing. An increased demand for high-end tourism accelerates water demand of new hotels and resorts.

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Sustainability criteria in the RFP process

Increasingly the corporate travel buyers method of enquiring about sustainability credentials of the hotels they are buying is through the RFP process. Therefore, in trying to better understanding this processes and its strengths and weaknesses we as an industry are interested in making the sustainability elements of an RFP as useful and comparable as possible.

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