Intrepid announces WTTC hotel sustainability partnership


Intrepid announces WTTC hotel sustainability partnership

Wednesday, 04 Dec, 2023 0

Intrepid Travel has joined forces with the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Hotel Sustainability Basics Programme.

Intrepid becomes the first global travel company to extend the sustainability verification scheme to its suppliers.

The Hotel Sustainability Basics Programme was developed through WTTC and is overseen by the Sustainability Hospitality Alliance.

It is a first step for hotels of any size to adopt more sustainable operations.

Hotels undergo a three-year evaluation process, benchmarking their improvements on 12 sustainability criteria.

Hotels must achieve at least eight of the criteria after the first year, with at least one benchmark from each of the three focus areas.

After three years, hotels can move on to the Global Sustainability Tourism Council (GSTC) certification, which is a global standard for tourism sustainability.

Hotels can alternatively follow the Sustainability Hospitality Alliance’s Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality.

Intrepid says these changes benefit the performance of its overall supply chain.

Intrepid will initially launch a trial with selected accommodation suppliers in Nepal and Bhutan in January 2024.

There are plans to expand the scheme to other hotels across its global supply chain.

“Suppliers want to improve their practices, but as small businesses, they often don’t have the resources,” said Sara King, GM of Purpose for Intrepid Travel.

“By offering our hotel suppliers access to this programme, we can make focused improvements that will support them,” she adds.

This initiative follows other efforts by Intrepid across social and environmental improvements.

The company earlier this year launched the industry’s first consortium aimed at combating modern slavery in travel and tourism’s supply chains.



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