Published on : Tuesday, August 7, 2018
As an official sponsor of the BUFFET (Building an Understanding for Food Excess in Tourism) Initiative, TTC has made a commitment to help raise awareness of food waste in the travel and tourism industry and, along with PATA, challenges other industry stakeholders, particularly the hospitality sector, to reduce food waste to landfill.
PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy mentioned that the Travel Corporation along with its not-for-profit organisation The TreadRight Foundation have always been leaders in sustainable tourism principles and practices and added that it is a pleasure to be working with a highly successful international travel group and socially responsible organisation to bring greater awareness to an issue that if unchecked, will only get worse with the significant growth expected in the tourism industry, especially in the Asia Pacific region.
He is quite eager, he said, to work with The Travel Corporation’s Chief Executive, Brett Tollman, and his team and hope that our efforts encourage others to reduce their food waste to make a tangible impact in our industry and environment.
TTC serves over two million customers each year, with over 40 offices across all seven continents.
The company’s business is split between its guided travel brands such as Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Contiki Holidays, CostSaver, AAT Kings, Thompsons Africa and its luxury brands Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Luxury Gold, Inspiring journeys and Red Carnation Boutique Hotel Collection.
Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, The Travel Corporation asserted that the tourism and hospitality sectors have to take immediate action to find solutions that can help reduce food waste, ensuring a direct impact to reducing carbon emissions.
He also feels that climate change has greatly affected some tourism destinations, and it is imperative that everyone takes on a pro-active role to drive positive change and protect the planet for future generations.
TTC is a key sponsor for PATA’s “BUFFET for Youth” Challenge that will take place at the PATA Annual Summit 2019 in Cebu, Philippines from May 9-12, 2019.
As an official sponsor of the BUFFET Initiative, TTC will share best practice solutions that its various brands and partners have been implementing to reduce and prevent excess food waste in a PATA special report that will be published and distributed to the hotel and tourism industry.
PATA continues to seek further engagement with hotels that would like to reduce their food waste to landfill, hotels already implementing food waste solutions, potential partners and sponsors, as well as those who would like to help us in raising awareness and building a better understanding of food excess in tourism.