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Europe’s first solar-powered rail tunnel opens

Europe’s first solar-powered rail tunnel opens

8 June 2011 Rail & Coach News

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.

World’s first five-star underground hotel in doubt

14 April 2011 Hotel News

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 raises green credentials

TUI raises green credentials

17 March 2011 Press Release Organisations & Operators

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.

Indian passengers lead the world in online carbon off-setting

Indian passengers lead the world in online carbon off-setting

19 November 2010 Press Release Airline News Travel Technology News

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.

URBN to create China’s next green hotel

URBN to create China’s next green hotel

17 November 2010 Press Release

URBN Hotels & Resorts is collaborating with Vanke, China’s largest residential real estate developer, to construct and operate what will be the most forward-thinking, sustainably-built and green-operated hotel in Asia. The 20,000 square metre boutique hotel is part of a larger project which will become a 200,000 square metre commercial, retail and residential development in the Sanlin district of Pudong in Shanghai, China.

ABTA calls for focus on sustainability at WTM

ABTA calls for focus on sustainability at WTM

ABTA is calling on its members to seize the business opportunity presented by sustainability as delegates gather for the annual World Travel Market in London. Following its latest Consumer Trends survey, the trade body argues half of customers believe their travel company should ensure that they are helping the local people and economy.

TUI raises green credentials

TUI raises green credentials

Thomson and First Choice are upping their green credentials with the launch of an umbrella sustainable tourism brand. Holidays Forever encourages holidaymakers to take simple steps to help the environment as well as the local community in the destinations they visit.

New website to advance sustainability within Travel & Tourism launched by WTTC

New website to advance sustainability within Travel & Tourism launched by WTTC

25 June 2010 Press Release Organisations & Operators

The home of the only British canal boat in North America, a more than 1,900-property strong Green Hotel Directory, an Earth Guest programme by one of the biggest hospitality chains in the world, and an initiative to reduce building on China’s famous Mount Huangshan are showcased on a new website launched by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The Best Practice Gateway, which can be accessed from www.wttc.org, currently features more than 20 case studies from around the world, which together help to illustrate the Travel & Tourism industry’s leading role in sustainability