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Fri, 3 June 2022

TTC Publishes Report on Progress Made with 5-Year Sustainability Strategy

(03 June 2022, 12:42 +07)  The Travel Corporation (TTC) has published its first official Impact Report detailing the progress of its 41 brands as they advance the How We Tread Right (HWTR) 5-year sustainability strategy.

The report includes updates on how Contiki is working towards TTCs 11 sustainability targets, which are anchored to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The Impact Report highlights the cumulative progress TTC has made working towards its 11 sustainability targets, and highlights Contikis efforts to shape a brighter future for the travel industry, the people and wildlife it interacts with and the planet it explores.

Community-based tourism initiative in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.
Community-based tourism initiative in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

Contiki recently announced that its owned properties now run off 100% renewable energy, and that January 2022 all of its trips are carbon neutral.

Tasha Hayes, Contikis Sustainability Officer, said, Its incredible to see the progress Contiki is making towards its sustainability targets. The fact that 100% of our properties are run off renewable energy, demonstrates our commitment on the road to prioritising carbon reductions and achieving net-zero, and in addition to the fact that all trips are carbon neutral. But we know that theres still a journey ahead of us. Thats why its so important that we continue to hold ourselves accountable and measure our progress against our goals. The release of TTCs Impact Report does just that.

Contikis progress as detailed in TTCs 2021 Impact Report includes:

Goal 1: Achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 or sooner.

Impact report update: From 2022, all Contiki trips are carbon neutral.

Goal 2: Source 50% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

Impact report update: From 2022, 100% of Contikis properties are powered by renewable energy.

Goal 3: Reduce Food Waste By 50% Across All Hotels And Ships By 2025.

Impact report update: As part of a local program, food from Contikis Haus Schneck is donated to a nearby farm.

Goal 4: Increase use of local and organic food products by our supply chain by 2025.

Impact report update: As of 2022, Contikis Haus Schneck gets 63% of its food from local suppliers.

Goal 5: Reduce printed brochures by 50% by 2025.

Impact report update: Contiki has reduced printed brochures by 82%.

Goal 6: Eliminate all unnecessary single-use plastics.

Impact report update: 100% of Contiki-owned properties have replaced all single-use cups, cutlery, straws etc. with reusable or compostable alternatives.

Goal 7: Include at least 1 Make Travel Matter experience on 50% of TTC itineraries by 2025.

Impact report update: Contiki now offer Make Travel Matter experiences on 81% of its itineraries.

Goal 8: Achieve a 20% increase of itineraries visiting developing regions by 2025.

Impact report update: Contiki now has 19 itineraries in developing regions, where it supports local communities and gives its travellers a fresh perspective on the world.

Goal 9: Increase employee and market sentiment regarding diversity and inclusion.

Impact report update: In 2021 Contiki launched its diversity, equity and inclusion strategy to guide the business over the next 3 years.

Goal 10: Complete 30,000 volunteer hours across all brands by 2025.

Impact report update: Contiki and its TTC sister brands completed 6,517 volunteer hours in 2021.

Goal 11: Ensure all wildlife experiences adhere to TTCs animal welfare policy by 2021.

Impact report update: 100% of Contikis wildlife experiences adhere to a stringent Animal Welfare Policy.

Were committed, said Contikis CEO, Adam Armstrong. We know our travellers share our vision for sustainable travel, and we're proud that as of 2022 all Contiki trips are carbon neutral. But this is just the beginning. We need to keep the momentum going as we continue to reduce food waste, use more renewable resources, eliminate single use plastics and ultimately shape a net-zero future for travel. TTCs Impact Report helps us measure our progress and its motivating to see what weve achieved so far.

In the next step of Contikis journey to net zero, TTC has formally committed to carbon reduction targets that are aligned with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Those targets are currently under review by the SBTi and will be announced later this year.

The 47-page, 82.9 MB report can be downloaded in .pdf format here.

See also: Hotel Waste, Single-Use Plastic and Climate Change - HD Video Interview with WWF.

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