Sustainable travel statistics
Those who believe that the hospitality area is no longer promising because of the pandemic are wrong.
While COVID-19 turned the $8 trillion global travel industry upside down, the pandemic also allowed tourism and hospitality professionals to reflect, rethink and reshape the industry, making it better and more sustainable in general.
So keep reading on and see more about some sustainable travel statistic
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53% of people were irritated when “prevented” from being more sustainable.
During vacations in the last 12 months, 45% of travelers made a conscious decision to turn off the air conditioning/heating in their accommodation when they were not.
43% drank water from their own reusable bottle instead of buying bottled water while on vacation, and 33% carried out activities in support of the local community.
The demand for sustainability is on the rise
More than 50% of people say they want to stay in sustainable accommodation next year
Although the term “sustainable tourism” is used with increasing frequency, many professionals have only a vague understanding of what sustainability really means. Essentially, sustainable travel refers to tourism that supports natural and cultural heritage.
Sustainability is not only essential for our collective future, but tourists demand it. Also according to the survey conducted by digital travel platform Booking.com, 81% of travelers say they want to stay in sustainable accommodation next year, which is a remarkable 62% increase in 2016
… and they want greener accommodations
The pandemic has not only increased travelers’ commitment to sustainability and the environment, but it has also shown that 73% of travelers are more likely to choose accommodations that have implemented sustainable practices than those that have not.
In fact, Operto’s 2021 white paper states that hotel guests are willing to pay up to 75% more per night for a green stay.
Your biggest concern about impact is excess waste
Excessive waste is what worries 46% of travelers. In addition, 38% are concerned about threats to wildlife and natural habitats, 30% are concerned about excessive tourism, and 29% are concerned about CO2 emissions.
Along with a global focus on the pandemic, concern about climate change reached new heights in the past year, with a growing determination by companies and individuals everywhere to do their part to mitigate carbon emissions.
In fact, one of the positive aspects of the pandemic was the reduction in travel-related carbon emissions.
Hotels can do their part to help further reduce emissions through sustainable building designs, using energy efficiently, addressing issues in their supply chains, and reducing single-use plastics.
Curious to find out more? Check out our other previously published articles to stay up-to-date on the latest trends.