SINGAPORE 23 June 2021: Banyan Tree Group has joined Expedia
Group and UNESCO in the global expansion of the UNESCO Sustainable Travel
The group’s pledge will see 48 Banyan Tree properties adhere
to the responsible environmental and cultural practices established by the
The pledge promotes responsible practices such as environmental protection, community resilience and heritage conservation, with the ultimate goal of changing the nature and impact of global tourism.
Banyan Tree Group was built on sustainability practices and
adds a unique contribution in establishing further a global standard for a more
sustainable travel future.
“In light of the pandemic and the reductions we’ve seen in
environmental impact during this time, more travellers – and travel companies –
are seeking opportunities to be better stewards of the planet,” said Expedia
Group senior vice-president government and corporate affairs Jean-Philippe
Monod. “Banyan Tree Group has, from its inception 27 years ago, been rooted in
sustainability and is taking an exemplary role by being among the first
hospitality brands to take the UNESCO Pledge.”
Launched in 2019 with the Tourism Authority of Thailand
(TAT), UNESCO and Expedia Group, today, more than 4,000 hotels are committed to
the UNESCO Pledge globally. Participating hotels support the reduction and
elimination of single-use plastics and promote local economy and culture.
“Banyan Tree Group, as part of our culture, is on a
mission to amplify sustainability awareness and create impact by sharing our
learnings and sustainability measures to help other hotels’ kick-start
implementation,” said Banyan Tree Global Foundation (BTGF) assistant vice
president, group sustainability director and coordinating director Steve Newman.
“As an industry, we have the ability and power to transform global
inequity. As a company, we are committed to helping our partners, and industry
colleagues become even more planet-aware and friendly as we ‘build back better’
Banyan Tree Group has received recognition for its
commitment to environmental protection and community development through its
non-profit arm, Banyan Tree Global Foundation (BTGF), which aligns the group’s
efforts to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The hospitality company’s ‘Stay for Good’ programme focuses
on three core areas of environment, community and responsibility, which
includes a target to reduce the resource consumption by 5% year over year. The
group also recently awarded the Greater Good Grants to eight external
organisations for community and environment projects that contribute to the UN
Sustainable Development Goals.
To learn more about the UNESCO Pledge, visit our Thailand pilot microsite: https://unescosustainable.travel/.
A global microsite will be announced later in 2021.