Think about sustainability when choosing your Accommodation
Think about sustainability on your Florida vacation
SustainIt, a software and data consulting company concentrating on sustainability performance, released results on a survey conducted at the World Travel Market 2011 (WTM). Details below indicate that more efforts toward sustainable tourism are needed.
Industry professionals at WTM, from hoteliers and resorts to airlines and tourist attractions were surveyed regarding a series of questions surrounding sustainable tourism. More than 200 participants were interviewed at this major travel industry event.
In a nutshell, the travel and tourism industry did not score well. A staggering 60% believed their company should step up their efforts to promote sustainability. Here are some of the key survey results:
- 70% feel more could be done for destination communities to minimize poverty and bolster sustainable local economic development.
- 18% have acquisition policies and sustainable supply chains.
- 26% evaluate their carbon footprint
The Main Issue
The lack of engagement from customers and employees is a key concern. SustainIT Managing Director Charlie Stockford explains: “Our survey shows that whilst there is increasing activity and concern around sustainable and responsible travel and tourism within the trade, many employees are not aware of what their own company is trying to achieve and therefore are unable to share it with their customers.”
Sustainability in 2012
Consider the health and future of our earth and think of sustainability when you book a vacation this year. We’ll be featuring options in Florida with their sustainability efforts throughout 2012, leading to a list of top contenders on World Responsible Tourism Day on November 7th.
Sustainable properties in Florida
Do you ask about environmental practices and sustainable travel policies when you book a vacation?