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Accor joins Expedia in UNESCO sustainability pledge | Article

Hospitality group, Accor, has joined global travel platform, Expedia Group, in combining with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to expand the UNESCO sustainable tourism pledge.

The deal will see 3,358 Accor hotels across 96 countries come together to promote environmental sustainability and sustainable tourism worldwide.

Launched in 2019 with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, UNESCO, and Expedia, the pledge involves member parties committing to supporting the reduction and elimination of single-use plastics and promoting local economy and culture.

Accor will join over 500 Thai hotels in the pledge, stretching it to across almost 100 countries.

Markus Keller, SVP of sales and distribution at Accor, said: “Accor and all of the hotels in its network have long-standing commitments in this area, for our decision to remove all single-use plastic items from guest experience in our hotels by 2022.

“We want to accelerate our efforts, which is why we are today joining the UNESCO sustainable tourism pledge in partnership with Expedia Group.”

By joining the pledge, Accor is looking to extend its ‘planet 21 – acting here’ sustainability development programme which commenced in 2011.

The programme centres around four key goals that include working with employees, involving the group’s guests, innovating with its partners, and partnering with local communities.

Zuhairah Washington, SVP of strategic accounts at Expedia Group, said: “Everyone needs to play their part in promoting sustainable tourism and helping preserve travel destinations. 

“This partnership with Accor is about taking needed steps at a global scale to minimise waste in the tourism sector.”

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