MADRID, 14 July 2021: Tourism businesses and destinations
are stepping up their commitment to sustainability, according to the latest
update from the UNWTO.

Aimed at reducing waste and pollution across the sector, the
Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (GTPI) is welcoming 32 new signatories, with
every global region represented behind the shared goal.

The initiative unites the tourism sector behind a common
vision to address the root causes of plastic pollution. It enables businesses,
governments and other tourism stakeholders to lead by example in the shift
towards a circular economy of plastics.

Among the 32 new signatories are organizations such as TUI
Group, AC Hotels by Marriott, Palladium Hotel Group, Sustainable Hospitality
Alliance, Hostelling International, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and
Visit Valencia.

These new additions bring the total signatories up to 93
companies and organizations. These include organizations from stages of the
tourism value chain, including accommodation providers, tour operators, online
platforms, suppliers, waste managers and supporting organizations.

TUI Group, manager for sustainability, circular economy and
sustainable development Andreas Vermöhlen 
said: “Together we can make important steps towards less
unnecessary single-use plastic in the world and shift towards a circular
economy.”

Supporting the initiative, UNWTO secretary-general Zurab
Pololikashvili said: “Addressing plastic pollution is essential to sustainably
restart tourism, preserve destinations and contribute to climate action. We are
proud to see the number of signatories growing continuously since the launch of
the initiative.”