Published on : Friday, March 17, 2017
The President of HOTREC, Ms. Susanne Kraus-Winkler and the CEO of HOTREC, Mr. Christian de Barrin met with the UNWTO Secretary General Mr. Taleb Rifai for discussing how to strengthen sustainable tourism across Europe. HOTREC published in November 2015 a policy paper on the so-called ‘Sharing’ economy with the title ‘Levelling the playing field’, which UNWTO contributed to. Most recently, HOTREC published guidelines to reduce food waste and recommendations to manage food donations as HOTREC’s first contribution to the celebrations of the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017.
Both of them discussed new topics to work on, particularly in relation to tourism and security, energy efficiency in hospitality businesses and gastronomy. To quote Taleb Rifai, “We welcome HOTREC’s partnership and support in developing sustainable tourism particularly as we celebrate the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development in 2017. The world is changing and we need to take care of our resources and also ensure a safe and seamless tourism experience.”
HOTREC will join UNWTO’s Task Force on Tourism and Security to be launched in May 2017. In addition, HOTREC will work on developing recommendations for hotels in particular, but also for restaurants, to generate energy savings.