With its latest initiative titled “Food and Plastic Waste Reduction Standards for Tourism Businesses”, the Pacific Asia Travel Association aims to develop new industry standards and tools, as well as innovative trainings that enable Thai tourism stakeholders to build sustainability. following the Covid-19 pandemic. .
PATA CEO Liz Ortiguera commented:
“PATA is focused on supporting industry recovery with tangible projects in the market that can demonstrate practical, responsible and sustainable solutions. Our goal is to develop and share business models that combine sustainability and profitability. Creating strong sustainability plans gives companies a competitive edge to meet growing consumer interest and a global need.
In developing its latest series of projects, TourLink aims to transform Thailand into a leading sustainable tourism destination, as TourLink Project Manager Peter Richards explains:
“Strengthening the sustainability of tourism and hospitality businesses will help the sector become more resilient to future crises, save critical resources and boost general morale as we prepare for a greener reopening of tourism. .”
The recent Food and Plastic Waste Reduction Standard for Tourism Businesses follows the success of the BUFFET Toolkit and the Plastic-Free Toolkit for Tour Operators published by the same organization.
“The standards were developed through extensive research into strategies to reduce food and plastic waste in tourism, as well as consultation with experts and partner organizations,” Richards added.
“The standards can be applied as a checklist, a step-by-step guide as well as a training tool for waste prevention in the tourism and hospitality sector,” Fernanda Rodak, PATA sustainability project coordinator and social responsibility and lead author of the study explained in more detail.
Fueled by circular economy principles and best practices for reducing waste in the tourism industry, the guide provides the necessary support for providers and operators to develop sustainable management and operational resources to reduce plastic waste while improving business.