TourLink Project Manager Peter Richards says, “Strengthening tourism and hospitality businesses’ sustainability will help the sector become more resilient in the face of future crises, save critical resources and boost overall morale as we prepare for a greener tourism reopening.”
Underpinned by the circular economy framework and the hierarchy of waste reduction strategies, the document encompasses best practices across the industry on sustainability management and tools and resources for practitioners to advance their food and plastic waste reduction efforts.
As Fernanda Rodak, PATA Project Coordinator of Sustainability and Social Responsibility and lead author, adds, “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”. The standards guide all tourism businesses, professionals and communities to reduce food waste and plastic waste in their operations.
Peter Richards states, “The standards were developed through thorough research on food and plastic waste reduction strategies in tourism along with consultations with experts and partner organisations”.
A key component of TourLink involves achieving common standards for sustainability in the industry to transform Thailand into a leading sustainable tourism destination. Under the project, PATA collaborates with Thai-EU tourism supply chain members to develop capacity-building initiatives that promote best practices for sustainable tourism growth.
PATA plays a crucial role in developing new standards, toolkits and training that empower Thai tourism professionals to embrace sustainability in their operations as the industry recovers from COVID-19. Following the success of PATA’s BUFFET Toolkit and Plastic Free Toolkit for Tour Operators (which are also available in Thai), PATA recently published the Food and Plastic Waste Reduction Standard for Tourism Businesses.
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is proud to publish the Food and Plastic Waste Reduction Standard for Tourism Businesses as part of its commitment to the European Union (EU)-funded TourLink project under the EU SWITCH-ASIA Programme.
As PATA CEO Liz Ortiguera says, “PATA is focussed on supporting the industry recovery with tangible in-market projects that can demonstrate practical, responsible and sustainable solutions.
To learn more about the TourLink project, please visit http://travelife.info/
Written by: Supaporn Pholrach (Joom)[pro_ad_display_adzone id="915575"]