With a powerful membership and tight focus on the long-term sustainability of the hotel industry – and a collective reach of over 23,500 properties, over 3.4m rooms and over 1.5m employees in over 100 countries worldwide – the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) has a unique leadership role within the hospitality sector. ITP utilises this leadership to ensure that best practice is shared, which constantly raises the bar of sustainable practice within the hospitality industry.
ITP provides its members with a non-competitive platform to share knowledge and resources, develop policy and actively implement programmes and initiatives that have a positive impact on economic, social and environmental issues. This platform also facilitates broader discussions, providing a framework for corporate business leaders to engage and communicate with organisations such as UN World Tourism Organisation, World Tourism and Travel Council and Global Reporting Initiative.
Inge Huijbrechts, Director of Responsible Business at The Rezidor Hotel Group recently commented that, ‘ITP gets people around a table to discuss sustainability openly, whilst also coming up with practical solutions. This is unique; in the industry organizations of the motor industry sustainability was on the agenda mostly from a government relations perspective, but here you see genuine exchange and a platform for sharing information.’
A current example of ITP’s ability to share best practice includes the ITP and WTTC working group on carbon measurement. This ground breaking initiative aims to unite hotel industry efforts to calculate and communicate carbon impact by agreeing on a standardised methodology and metrics informed by the GHG Protocol standards. For the first time, leaders within the hotel industry are collaborating to reach a consensus on a single methodology for calculating carbon footprints and consistent metrics for communicating emissions.