The Travel Corporation partners with PATA to address food waste in tourism

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BANGKOK, August 7, 2018 — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce a partnership with The Travel Corporation (TTC) to address food waste in tourism.

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.

“The Travel Corporation along with its not-for-profit organisation The TreadRight Foundation have always been leaders in sustainable tourism principles and practices. 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,” said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy.  

“I look forward to working 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.

“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. 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 our planet for future generations,” said Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, The Travel Corporation.

“What better way to support such a meaningful initiative through the youth challenge where we will get to hear the ideas of how to reduce food wastage from youths from all around the region. It is so important that we give these youths a platform to share their ideas about environment issues, responsibility and action.” 

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. 

As the issue of climate change continues to be a growing concern, food waste has come increasingly under attention in recent years and for good reason: 

  • Food waste is the third biggest contributor to climate change 
  • One-third of all foods produced in the world is wasted 
  • Additional pressures arise from GHG emissions caused by food production and transportation 
  • Right now, 842 million people do not have enough to eat and with an estimated world population of 9.8 billion people in 2050 resources will be limited and more people will be hungry 

 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.

For more information visit www.PATA.org/food-waste.

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About PATA

Founded in 1951, PATA is a not-for-profit membership association that acts as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 98 government, state and city tourism bodies, 19 international airlines and airports, 91 hospitality organisations and 70 educational institutions, as well as over a hundred young tourism professional (YTP) members across the world. The PATA network also embraces the grassroots activism our 36 Chapters and 20 Student Chapters across the world. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 36 local PATA chapters worldwide, while hundreds of students are members of the 20 PATA student chapters globally. The chapters and student chapters organise travel industry training and business development events. Their grassroots activism underpins PATA’s membership in Uniting Travel, a coalition of the world’s major Travel & Tourism organisations dedicated to ensuring that the sector speaks with one voice and acts in unison on the major issues and includes ACI, CLIA, IATA, ICAO, WEF, UNWTO and the WTTC. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre to members’ desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has official offices or representation in Beijing and London. Visit www.PATA.org.

About The Travel Corporation  

The Travel Corporation (TTC) is a highly successful international travel group. The company’s philosophy is simple – to create enriching experiences for travellers by combining an unbeatable mix of exceptional service and quality at great value. With a multi-award-winning portfolio ranging from luxury hotels and boutique river cruises, to independent holiday package companies and a variety of guided travel experiences, TTC offers meaningful travel opportunities for everyone. For more information about TTC, visit www.ttc.com

About The TreadRight Foundation  

Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities that are visited remain vibrant for generations to come. Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, TTC, TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. As an official Diamond Sponsor of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, TTC is dedicated to bringing the industry together with a shared goal of benefiting local communities and the environment.  To learn more about past and current work at TreadRight, please visit TreadRight.org.