Targeting Zero Plastics in Tourism Businesses

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป would like to encourage all to “Let’s be plastic ๐Ÿ†“ & instead zero 0๏ธโƒฃ plastic whenever we are travelling around”, whether you’re the travellers or the tourism players across the globe ๐ŸŒŽ

This sharing is relating to her earlier sharing via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/plastic-free/ from her attendance to Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 โœ…

She has read ๐Ÿ“– about the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has recently announced about the launch of a ๐Ÿ†• online resource for increasing โฌ†๏ธ the sustainability of the tourism sector. This course named “Targeting Zero 0๏ธโƒฃ Plastics in Tourism Businesses โ€“ with UNESCO, PATA & Expedia Group” is recently launched in conjunction with PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2022 (PDMF) which held in Songkhla, Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ from 2 to 4 Aug recently. SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has registered it, however due to work commitment, she was unable to attend it personally ๐Ÿ˜”

In March 2022, PATA actually already started a collaboration ๐Ÿค๐Ÿป with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the goal of advising tourism & hospitality businesses on plastic waste reductionโฌ‡๏ธ To achieve this, PATA has developed this online course ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป to provide step-wise guidance on minimising the sourcing & consumption of single-use plastics as well as the importance for organisations to sign โœ๐Ÿป the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge

The Pledge, which is a collaboration ๐Ÿค๐Ÿป between UNESCO & Expedia Group, is open & applicable to all tourism businesses, regardless of their size or location. By signing โœ๐Ÿป the Pledge, they will be joining a network ๐ŸŒ of leading tourism & hospitality businesses that are helping their destinations in the development of sustainable tourism. “The Sustainable Travel Pledge is particularly timely as we work to build a ๐Ÿ†• kind of tourism in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, by inviting local tourism stakeholders to commit to inclusive & sustainable measures”, said Ernesto Ottone R., UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ผ

“The pandemic caused hardship in tourism destinations worldwide ๐ŸŒŽ, but also led to severe setbacks in our fight against plastic waste”, said PATA CEO Liz Ortiguera. “Now is the time to take action & strive for a more sustainable tourism & hospitality industry. Weโ€™re proud to make this contribution to plastic waste reduction โฌ‡๏ธ efforts.”

The amount of plastics we currently produce, consume and dispose of is unsustainable, and tourism activities and hospitality businesses do contribute largely to this issue. In the Mediterranean, for example, marine litter increases up to 40% during tourist peak season (One Planet, 2021) & this poses a threat to tourism destinations themselves

As put by Ang Choo Pin, Managing Director Asia, Expedia Group, “It is essential for hotels, restaurants, tour operators & all other tourism businesses to reduce โฌ‡๏ธ the amount of plastics they generate & dispose of the unavoidable plastics responsibly if they wish to protect the very assets they rely on to attract customers”

Reducing โฌ‡๏ธ single-use plastics in tourism & hospitality businesses provides not only an opportunity to protect the destination’s ecosystems but also to support the local community & economy, as it is advocated throughout the online course ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป This is because sourcing local products & using local resources & services in tourism offerings & activities reduces reliance on international supply chains as well as economic leakages. Moreover, local artisanal products are more likely to be made of natural, renewable materials than mass-produced ones

“The course developed by PATA is an incredible resource for businesses to understand the relationships between communities, culture & environmental protection through plastic waste reduction”, says Dr. Hanh Duong Bich, Program Specialist and Chief of Culture Unit at UNESCO Office in Bangkok. “It gives great guidance and examples on how businesses can help fight plastic waste & at the same time promote local heritage & strengthen local supply chains.” ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

The course “Targeting Zero Plastics in Tourism Businesses โ€“ with UNESCO, PATA & Expedia Group” is open-sourced & available โœ… to all

The self-paced course is available open-sourced in 2๏ธโƒฃ languages, English & Thai. It covers the following topics;

  1. What is the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge โ“โ‰๏ธ
  2. What is the necessary process to implement a plastic waste reduction strategy โ“โ‰๏ธ
  3. What are the concrete measures needed to reduce single-use plastics in my businessโ“โ‰๏ธ
  4. How can local knowledge & products help fight plastic waste โ“โ‰๏ธ
  5. How can I continue my journey towards plastic waste reduction โ“โ‰๏ธ

Participants can receive an e-certificate ๐Ÿ“œ if they achieve the minimum required score ie. 80% in the final quiz. Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has just completed & received her e-certificate ๐Ÿ“œ, then sharing here for all to also attending this useful informative online course ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Let’s start to access this online course ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป via ๐ŸŒ https://crc.pata.org/courses/unesco/

Happy learning all & let’s “Targeting Zero Plastics in Tourism Businesses โ€“ with UNESCO, PATA & Expedia Group” ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

15 thoughts on “Targeting Zero Plastics in Tourism Businesses

  1. This is such an important topic. Especially in South East Asia and Latin America, I had the impression that the world is drowning in plastic. We quickly need alternatives, otherwise, it doesn’t look good for the world.

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  2. that’s a great initiative! There is so much plastic everywhere and especially in touristic places because nobody cares and seemingly wants some fast cash. I wish there was more things done about it

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  3. I didn’t even think about tourism and how it impacts the environment. To hear that litter increased 40% during tourist peak season makes me so sad. I wanted to be an environmental science major in college but opted against it, but this makes me wish I went through with it. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Most welcome, my pleasure to share as always
      Yes tourism actually contributing to unpleasant environmental impacts, Iโ€™m happy that youโ€™re gonna opting for environmental science , letโ€™s us all contributing towards awareness of being environmental friendly & go green ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

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