Leading global hotels reach consensus for a sustainable industry

Martha Elwell By Martha Elwell
28 September 2017 | Updated 28 September 2017

US: International Tourism Partnership announces sustainability goals

The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) has published a list of collective goals to tackle social and environmental issues facing the hospitality industry.

The goals contribute towards the organisation's "Vision for 2030". They include a drive to employ young people in the hospitality industry, reduction in carbon emissions, the implementation of water stewardship programmes, and the tackling of human rights issues in hotel labour.

The ITP works internationally, bringing together hotels to tackle shared environmental and social issues. In past years the ITP has created award-winning youth employability programmes. The organisation has also built universally-recognised guidelines for measuring carbon and water consumption .

Dr Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) said: "For 25 years the hotel industry under ITP's leadership has advanced sustainable tourism; developing tools and resources for hotels and lodgings around the world, sharing knowledge and working together for a more responsible future. ITP's Goals are the next step to ensure continued sustainable development in our sector, setting clear aims for 2030, and bringing the hotel sector together to align with the Global Goals."

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