Travel industry gets tips on how to boost green credentials

October 9, 2011 by  

A survey conducted by Abta, the travel association, has revealed that money and energy could be saved and excess waste prevented by making simple changes to the way that travel agents and tour operators work.

A survey of 500 travel agents uncovered that a huge amount of energy and fuel is wasted every year by travel agents keeping their doors open to entice customers in from the high street. The survey also showed that over two thirds of waste was generated by unwanted brochures. This could easily be solved by introducing more streamlined measures of ordering brochures and ensuring excess numbers are not requested from brochure printers.

Cambridge University conducted a study in 2009 and 2010 showed that the total amount of fuel that was wasted due to doors being left open amounted to the £1 billion mark for retailers. Abta are now encouraging travel agents to re-think how they operate to ensure this fuel wastage is reduced. The issue surrounding wasted brochures is being addressed by Abta. Simon Pickup is the sustainable tourism manager for Abta and he recently told Travel Weekly that

“Many retailers are taking responsibility for their waste and recycling brochures. However, there is a clear opportunity to promote efficiency gains in this area for operators and retailers.”

Abta have confirmed that there is a correlation between tour operators and hotels with sound sustainability credentials and good customer feedback, so it is in the best interests of both tour operators and travel agents to find greener ways of operating.