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Hotelbeds certified carbon neutral for second consecutive year

PALMA – Hotelbeds has announced that it has been certified for the second consecutive year as a Carbon Neutral Organisation by Cabon Fooprint Ltd, an independent body that accredits carbon management measurements and best practices for businesses, by offsetting companies CO2 emissions. This prestigious accreditation reflects Hotelbeds’ commitment to reduce its environmental impact and ensure…

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Hotelbeds certified carbon neutral for second consecutive year

PALMA – Hotelbeds has announced that it has been certified for the second consecutive year as a Carbon Neutral Organisation by Cabon Fooprint Ltd, an independent body that accredits carbon management measurements and best practices for businesses, by offsetting companies CO2 emissions.
This prestigious accreditation reflects Hotelbeds’ commitment to reduce its environmental impact and ensure long-term sustainability by offsetting its carbon emissions generated in the past two years.
Due to business travel being one of Hotelbeds’ larger carbon emissions factor, during 2018 the company created a programme whereby a small fee is charged per business flight taken by employees. This money is then used to finance the carbon neutral project and also forms part of a desire to encourage a reduction in travel and increase company and employee awareness around the importance of carbon offsetting.
In 2018 the funds raised from this programme were donated to the Portel-Para Deforestation Project, which is located within Brazil’s Amazon, the largest remaining rainforest on our planet, to prevent unplanned deforestation.
For 2019 Hotelbeds has chosen to give the funds to the Renewable Energy Project in India, that manages the installation of solar panels in the country, ensuring energy security, diversification of energy sources and sustainable development in the generation of electricity in India.
As part of the certification process, carbon emission calculations, including energy and paper consumptions, waste management, business travel and water supply, were completed by Hotelbeds, using metrics devised by Carbon Footprint Ltd, the sustainability experts.
Carbon Footprint Ltd has also successfully completed a verification of the carbon footprint assessment for Hotelbeds Group. This included spot-checking source data from across the group as well as reviewing the overall methodology.
Teresa Laso, who leads Corporate Sustainability at Hotelbeds, says: “We are proud to have been certified a Carbon Neutral Organisation for a second consecutive year as it underscores our sustainable business outlook.”
“As part of this responsibility, an environmental policy has been developed that includes a commitment to tackle these emissions, including setting annual emissions reduction targets. We have also developed guidelines and a communication campaign to help employees implement the new environmental policy, including practical tips on how to reduce environmental consumption at work and to raise awareness of climate change and how it relates to Hotelbeds.”
“As leaders in the travel industry we wanted to be at the forefront of environmental consciousness, inspiring both other companies and even individual travelers, reducing what we can and offsetting the rest.”

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A majority (57%) of Europeans expect to travel this summer

PARIS – Europ Assistance announced the international findings of their 20th Anniversary edition of the Holiday Barometer. The survey was conducted by Ipsos, a global market research firm, among 14,000 people across 14 countries and three continents. It tracks global travel trends and this 2021 edition features questions about the impact of the pandemic on…

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A majority (57%) of Europeans expect to travel this summer

PARIS – Europ Assistance announced the international findings of their 20th Anniversary edition of the Holiday Barometer. The survey was conducted by Ipsos, a global market research firm, among 14,000 people across 14 countries and three continents. It tracks global travel trends and this 2021 edition features questions about the impact of the pandemic on several areas including attitudes toward travel. The survey was taken between May 5th and May 20th, 2021. Francine Abgrall, Group Head of Travel at Europ Assistance commented: “We have been sponsoring the Ipsos Holiday Barometer for two decades and we think this is the most important one we have commissioned. As we see the impact of the pandemic lingering into a second summer travel season, there is room for optimism. Several European countries are expecting increases in summer travel over 2019 numbers. Almost 70% of Europeans see travel returning to normal over the next three years. This year’s Holiday Barometer shows that people are excited to see and hug their families again (58%) and back to the simple activities like eating in a restaurant (40%).” Key TakeawaysOverall, 57% of Europeans expect to travel during the usual summer holiday period, this is a six percent drop from 2019.  – Even with the drop, more Europeans expect to travel than Americans (50%), Chinese (53%) or Thais (44%).  Some countries are seeing double-digit drops in summer travel plans, such as Germany (-21 points), United Kingdom (-14 points) and Belgium (-12 points). Other European countries are seeing a rise in travel desire including Italy (+6 points) and Poland (+5 points).Europeans report their travel budgets have taken a bigger hit than their American counterparts.  Overall European travel budgets dropped over 20% from 2019, but American budgets only dropped 2%.  The biggest drops in were seen in Spain (-30%), – France (-26%), Germany (-25%) and Austria (-21%).  Portugal was the only country from the 2019 survey in which travel budgets stayed the same. The British, Belgians and Americans lead the world in travel optimism with most of them seeing travel returning to normal in 2022 or 2023.  The Czechs, Poles and French lead the survey when it comes to those who think travel will never return to normal.Upcoming Travel PlansEuropeans are still heading to the seaside – topping all areas with 58% of respondents.  Trips to the countryside (26%) and the mountains (24%) each gained four points from 2019 and are closing the gap. Europeans continue to favor spending their holidays within their home country (47%). For those traveling outside of their country, the top destinations are Spain, France and Italy, which historically have been top three are the traditional survey leaders.Some countries that traditionally lead the survey in traveling abroad saw large increases in those staying within their borders for summer holidays compared to 2019.  Belgians staying in Belgium grew 17 points up to 32%.  The number of Swiss travelers were up 15 points and UK respondents were up 16 points. While they lead the survey in the desire to travel, Europeans trail the pack when it comes to actually booking holiday travel. Only 35% of European respondents booked any part of their summer travel, compared with 47% of Americans, 37% of Chinese and 50% of Thai respondents. The Italians are among the fewest to have booked their holiday travel at 23%, whereas UK residents lead in Europe at 56%. Pandemic ConsiderationsThe restrictions caused by the pandemic over the past year impacted the habits of European citizens.  This is particularly true for the Italians, Poles, French and Austrians, who greatly miss seeing their relatives (58% miss it a lot), being able to move without restrictions (52%), enjoying daily activities like going to the restaurant (40%), and traveling freely within their own country (39%).Unsurprisingly, there is an increased focus on travel insurance due to the pandemic. Over 45% of Europeans reported they would increase their travel insurance coverage as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.Vaccines are not an obstacle to travel, as 81% of Europeans indicate that they are ready to get vaccinated in order to travel again.Finally, respondents are strongly considering including the environmental, societal and economic impacts of their travel into their habits, and changing their behaviors to be more respectful of the environment around them:- 89% of Europeans are considering using a travel bottle instead of disposable plastic (57% are already doing it and 32% are ready to take the leap).- 88% are willing to change their behaviors to avoid wasting local resources.- The same number of travelers are willing to help the local economy by eating and shopping in places owned by locals (87%) and staying at locally-owned accommodations (85%).

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UNWTO ‘Jobs Factory’, powered by HOSCO, launched to kickstart tourism jobs recovery

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched the Jobs Factory, powered by Hosco, the global hospitality network. This innovative platform is designed to connect talent with employers across the sector, being the perfect solution for hospitality recruitment.The Jobs Factory harnesses Hosco’s power of machine learning, algorithms, and deep learning to match candidates with suitable positions,…

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UNWTO ‘Jobs Factory’, powered by HOSCO, launched to kickstart tourism jobs recovery

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched the Jobs Factory, powered by Hosco, the global hospitality network. This innovative platform is designed to connect talent with employers across the sector, being the perfect solution for hospitality recruitment.The Jobs Factory harnesses Hosco’s power of machine learning, algorithms, and deep learning to match candidates with suitable positions, both locally and internationally. Job-seekers are able to create a profile, search for positions that match their experience and skills, and set up job alerts to be informed of the latest opportunities. The platform also helps tourism businesses and organizations to find and recruit the best talent.All of UNWTO’s 159 Member States will be invited to use the Jobs Factory as their national tourism recruitment platform as will its more than 500 Affiliate Members, ranging from businesses to universities and think tanks. Additionally, through the Jobs of the Future Observatory, Member States can also monitor current and future skills development to analyse trends. This will allow them to forecast and identify gaps and mismatches and make data-driven decisions.UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili says: “The pandemic has hit global tourism hard. Up to 120 million jobs are at risk. However, tourism has a long history of adapting and embracing innovation. The Jobs Factory will be a great help to the millions of people who depend on tourism. It connects employers with the very best talent our sector has to offer. And it will help our Member States make important decisions based on the latest, trusted data.”Olivier Bracard, Hosco’s CEO, added: “Hospitality is all about people, and since March 2020, its workforce has been terribly affected, thus the industry as a whole. Hosco’s purpose of making hospitality an exciting journey for talent has never been so challenging yet so crucial, and we’re thrilled to be joining forces with UNWTO to expand the impact of our technology and expertise to its Member States. We’re confident that UNWTO’s Jobs Factory, powered by Hosco, will become a critical asset for governments, employers, and hospitality professionals as we embrace recovery.”

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All U.S. airlines resume nonstop flight service to Costa Rica and new service announcements

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All U.S. airlines resume nonstop flight service to Costa Rica and new service announcements

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