Hotel Marcel New Haven, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, will soon make history as what is believed will be the first net-zero hotel in the United States. The revolutionary property will utilise renewable solar power sources on site to generate the electricity needed for its common areas, restaurant, laundry, meeting rooms, 165 guest rooms and suites.
Travalyst has announced its coalition of six of the top brands in travel have aligned on a shared framework to collect and display flight emissions data, meaning that when consumers want to book a flight with lower emissions, they will be able to easily find the information they need.
Thomson Airways will become the UK’s first airline to fly customers on biofuel when it operates a service from Birmingham to Mallorca, Spain next month. The carrier said the flights would operate on a 50/50 mix of Jet A1 fuel and recycled cooking oil in both of the plane’s engines. Subject to safety approval the service would then run weekly for a year.
Dutch flag carrier KLM has unveiled plans to use recycled cooking oil on 200 flights between Paris and Amsterdam. The planes will use biokerosene, a fuel derived from used frying oil, which has to be tested to meet the same technical specifications as traditional kerosene.
Europe’s first solar-powered rail tunnel has opened in Belgium. The two-mile-long stretch of high-speed track, near Antwerp, has been covered with 16,000 solar panels that will generate sufficient energy to power the country’s entire train network for one day per year, as well as cutting C02 emissions by 47kg million over the next 20 years.
A young British couple who set up an eco-tourism Lodge in Mozambique to help relieve poverty in the local community, have been named as one of the Tourism for Tomorrow Winners at a major Awards ceremony organised by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in Las Vegas.
As an organisation that encourages and promotes sustainable tourism, the World Travel & Tourism Council is leading by example by endeavouring to minimise the environmental impact of its foremost event, the Global Travel & Tourism Summit, which is currently underway in Las Vegas.
Plans to build the world’s first underground five-star hotel have been dealt a blow after local councillors rejected plans on environmental grounds. The future of the £72m project in Hersham, Surrey, UK will now be decided by an independent inspector.
TUI (Thomson and First Choice has announced 20 sustainable travel commitments for 2011. Launched at The Economist’s Sustainable Business Summit, the ambitious three year commitments reinforce the company’s position at the forefront of sustainable tourism – it is the only travel company to introduce such wide ranging and measurable objectives.
The SITA/Air Transport World Passenger Self-Service survey of the world’s leading airports reveals that India’s air travellers lead the world in using airline websites for carbon emissions offsetting with 44% of survey respondents at Mumbai International Airport claiming to do so. By comparison, only 6% did so among those surveyed at Frankfurt.