Travel consumers will be looking for sustainable, eco-friendly travel options that eliminate the use of single-use plastics, while financial incentives should be in place for accommodation providers who maximise energy efficiencies.
These are the standouts that will make travel more sustainable, according to Agoda’s Sustainable Travel Trends Survey.
Survey findings showed travel consumers want to see countries establish more protected areas to limit tourist numbers while accommodation providers must speed up the elimination of single-use bathroom amenities.
The findings from the survey launched on World Environment Day 2021 (5 June) also revealed globally that overtourism and pollution of beaches and waterways are now the top two top concerns. They are ahead of concerns for deforestation and energy inefficiencies (including overconsumption of electricity and water resources) ranked a joint third.
Globally, the public considers governments most accountable for making positive environmental changes around travel, followed by tourism authorities and individuals themselves.
The survey showed that the top must-do responses to save the environment were manage waste, including using less single-use plastics, switch off the aircon and lights when leaving their accommodation and always look for eco-friendly accommodation.
The top practices most associated with environmentally friendly or sustainable travel were:
- Renewable energy and resources like solar, wind, hydroelectric and water;
- No single-use plastics;
- Animal conservation;
- Create a smaller carbon footprint.
- Other energy-saving solutions such as key cards or motion sensors, using natural cleaning products are the other key practices.