ITP’s Goals for 2030 unite the hotel industry for a sustainable future.
The International Tourism Partnership and its members believe that the hotel industry can be a force for good and make a positive contribution to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and to the COP 21 climate agreements.
By working together we can drive change further and faster than on our own. Our vision for 2030 is for sustainable growth and a fairer future for all. We are working together to achieve this through our collective ambition to impact critical issues via four ITP Goals.
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The Goals are clear and quantifiable commitments to improved sustainability which send out a call to action to the wider industry about the critical importance of using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – also called the Global Goals – as a focal point to drive responsible business in hospitality.
I’ve been honoured to be Secretary General of the UNWTO for the past eight years, a United Nations Agency committed to promote responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
At UNWTO we firmly believe that tourism can be an effective driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and we encourage organisations to work together to maximise tourism’s socio-economic contribution. Only together can we make tourism as an effective instrument in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
For 25 years, the hotel industry under ITP’s leadership has advanced sustainable tourism; developing tools and resources for hotels and lodgings around the world, sharing knowledge and working together for a more responsible future.
ITP’s Goals are the next step to ensure continued sustainable development in our sector setting clear aims towards 2030 and bringing the hotel sector together to align with the Global Goals.
As we celebrate the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development I welcome this important commitment. I trust it will to drive positive change and I encourage others in the sector to join this movement towards a fairer and more sustainable future.
The hotel industry is once again demonstrating leadership on water stewardship by setting a sector-wide goal to help achieve the sustainable water balance target (6.4) within the UN Agenda 2030’s goal on water.
From unjust worker fees to exploitative working conditions, the hotel industry is vulnerable to situations of slavery by cruel criminals who care not for humanity, neither for the dignity that work should provide. The UK Modern Slavery Act calls on the private sector to play it’s part in the eradication of this serious crime.
By bringing attention to this issue, the International Tourism Partnership is providing leadership in preventing abuse and protecting those who may become victims of exploitation. With carefully thought-out goals and achievable targets, I believe an opportunity has been created to see a hotel industry that can be free from modern slavery and the exploitation of workers.
The work ITP is doing to promote Science Based Target setting and to support its members and the hotel industry to get involved is enormously valuable. Science Based Targets help companies understand exactly what they need to do help keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius. They provide a roadmap for emissions reductions that will put the world on a sustainable, low-carbon path.
Youth unemployment is a global challenge. This impacts not just young people – who often feel they have no opportunities and no future – but also families and communities.
As a social development organisation working with children and young people in vulnerable circumstances, we commend ITP’s goal of having an impact on the trajectories of one million young people under 25 through employability programmes by 2030. The hospitality industry’s support in providing young people with access to training and decent employment opportunities is both critical and welcome for our youth employability partnership. Such opportunities are crucial for all young people towards building the independent and bright future they deserve.
For young people in alternative care in particular, preparing for and accessing a first job is a matter of survival – the difference between an independent life lived with dignity and a life plagued with further difficulty or abandonment.
At Hilton, we strive every day to create a world we all want to live in, from reducing carbon to water stewardship to providing youth opportunity.
We believe that now is the time for our industry to rally around a shared set of sustainability priorities, and we are proud to support the International Tourism Partnership¹s industry goals. Together we can have a collective impact on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
We are very proud to support the first ever industry-wide global commitment to sustainability. Since we launched our Responsible Business program over 15 years ago, Carlson Rezidor has made enormous progress in its commitment to sustainability – this has led to us being named one of world’s most ethical companies every year since 2010.
By committing to the ITP industry goals, we are stepping up our efforts to become even more sustainable as a company and as an industry, you can count on us at Carlson Rezidor to make your stay both memorable and responsible.
I am very pleased that ITP has set four important sustainability goals, because the hospitality industry is hugely extractive; it takes far more than its fair share of the world’s resources. Companies have a moral and business obligation to reduce their impact and increase their potential for good. In particular, the science-based carbon targets are great, as it is crucial that the industry transitions to a low-carbon renewable future. Soneva is fully committed to this goal, and has been carbon neutral since 2012 for both direct and indirect emissions.
Marriott International is proud to support International Tourism Partnership’s Goals for 2030. Real change is going to take collective effort across companies, industries, and even sectors. These goals bring the travel industry together around key issues that affect our business, as well as our communities and environments. We look forward to continued collaboration with ITP and our peers as we take on these important issues together.