Northstar Travel Media LLC | August 12, 2021
Sustainability has become one of the hottest topics in the travel industry in the past few years – and particularly since the start of the pandemic, as the halt of travel put a spotlight on what “could be” and created an opportunity to spur transformational change from this moment forward.
Consumers are indicating a heightened interest in sustainability in all forms – environmental, economic and social. Booking.com’s Sustainable Travel Report 2021, based on surveys of 30,000 people in 30 countries, finds 46% say the pandemic has made them want to travel more sustainably in the future.
And many consumer-focused travel companies clearly recognize this interest and the opportunity they have to differentiate their brands by taking action on sustainability. In recent weeks brands such as CWT, Accor, Singapore Airlines, Intrepid Travel and TourRadar have announced new initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, support nature conservation, benefit local communities and more. Last week Brazil’s Azul airlines announced a $1 billion partnership with Lilium to begin operating electric air taxis.
But what about sustainability action at B2B companies – those that do not deal directly with travelers but provide the systems and services that keep the industry running? A new report from consulting firm Belvera Partners finds: “Sustainability overall has had a poor take-up in the B2B travel space.”
For its report, Belvera assessed websites of 350 B2B travel companies from around the world looking for sustainability policies, reports, examples or any other meaningful mention and also whether the information was easy to find.
The findings indicate a lack of prioritization of sustainability topics among B2B travel companies analyzed – or at the least, a lack of public communication about their positions on this topic.
The report finds only 43% of the companies analyzed mention sustainability – or similar terms such as environment or CSR – on their websites. Many fewer (24%) have sustainability policies on their sites and still fewer (17%) have any sort of “sustainability report.”
“If a company can’t demonstrate its sustainability credentials, then stakeholders will quite reasonably assume the worst. Our data shows then that the worst is what people must be assuming for the 83% of organizations in our sector that still don’t produce something that can be vaguely called a sustainability ‘report,’” says Roman Townsend, Belvera Partners’ managing director.
“While the moral obligation is hopefully clear, the failure to act is also hurting these businesses economically: banks are less likely to lend, B2B partners are screening out such suppliers and employees are beginning to vote with their feet too.”
Looking at 12 sub-sectors within the B2B the travel ecosystem, aviation has the highest percentage of companies with a sustainability report (42%) or at least a mention of sustainability on the company website (89%) – although it scored below average on ease of finding sustainability information.
Safeture | January 18, 2021
The Lund, Sweden-based employee safety organization Safeture, and Dallas-based Traxo, Inc., the worldwide pioneer progressively corporate travel information catch and knowledge, declared today they have collaborated to help Safeture customers upgrade the duty-of-care inclusion of their business travelers.
Through Traxo, Safeture clients can get to access detailed corporate travel itinerary information for appointments that were made external their travel program. The increased area mindfulness understanding enabled by Traxo's travel data capture arrangement diminishes agenda blindspots for corporate travel groups, enabling them to keep their traveling workers employees safer. Safeture gives duty-of-care administrations to in client of 3,500 client organizations in 190 countries.
"It's not uncommon for business travelers to book segments of their trips outside their company's designated corporate travel policy or online booking tool," said Safeture Chief Executive Officer Magnus Hultman. "Traxo's comprehensive itinerary data capture technology ensures those flight, hotel and ground transport booking details are incorporated automatically into the Safeture platform, instead of relying on the traveler to manually enter those itinerary details or remember to forward them to us."
KHON2 | July 12, 2020
According to Hawaii's Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, the Aloha State is likely to push back its previously announced target date for welcoming back outside visitors to the islands and restarting the tourism sector. While the state's reopening to tourism is currently scheduled for August 1, reports say that Governor David Ige may soon announce a delay on the heels of a marathon series of meetings with local health officials and mayors.