(23 Jun 2021)
Banyan Tree has partnered the UNESCO Sustainable
Travel Pledge (USTP).
In total, 48 Banyan Tree properties will adhere to
the responsible environmental and cultural practices established
by the USTP.
Launched in 2019 with the Tourism Authority of
Thailand (TAT), UNESCO and Expedia Group, today more than 4,000
hotels are committed to the USTP globally.
hotels support the reduction and elimination of single-use
plastics and promote local economy and culture.
Hotel partners receive a ‘We
signed the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge’ certificate, renew
their commitment every year, and report on progress achieved. They
also receive increased visibility with a badge on multiple travel
booking sites across the Expedia Group marketplace, as the
pandemic prompts eco-awareness among travellers.
“In light of the pandemic and the reductions we’ve
seen in environmental impact during this time, more travellers –
and travel companies – are seeking opportunities to be better
stewards of the planet,” said Mr Jean-Philippe Monod, Senior
Vice-President Government and Corporate Affairs of Expedia Group.
“Banyan Tree Group has, from its inception 27 years ago, been
rooted in sustainability and is taking an exemplary role by being
among the first hospitality brands to take the UNESCO Pledge.”
Banyan Tree Group has received recognition for its
commitment to environmental protection and community development
through its non-profit arm, Banyan Tree Global Foundation (BTGF),
which aligns the group’s efforts to the UN Sustainable Development
The hospitality company’s ‘Stay for Good’ programme focuses
on three core areas of environment, community and responsibility,
which includes a target to reduce the resource consumption by 5%
Centred on the belief that the business is a
vehicle for societal betterment and transformation, the Group also
recently awarded the Greater Good Grants to eight external
organisations for community and environment projects that
contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“Banyan Tree Group, as part of our culture, is on
a mission to amplify sustainability awareness and create impact by
sharing our learning and sustainability measures to help other
hotels’ kick-start implementation,” said Dr Steve Newman,
Assistant Vice President, Group Sustainability Director and
Coordinating Director of Banyan Tree Global Foundation (BTGF). “As
an industry, we have the ability and power to transform global
inequity. As a company, we are committed to helping our partners
and industry colleagues become even more planet-aware and
friendly, as we ‘build back better’ post-pandemic.”
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