Booking.com’s latest global research suggests that we have reached a “potential watershed moment for industry and consumers”. WTM’s Global Responsible Tourism Awards are now open for nominations and applications. It is time to apply or to nominate businesses and destinations which you think should apply. One way to stand out from the crowd is to win and use the Responsible Tourism Awards logo. Only those that apply can win.
Research shows that travellers and holidaymakers want to travel sustainably and look for businesses and destinations that take responsibility for providing them with those opportunities. 48% say they find it harder to make sustainable choices while on vacation than in their everyday life. We need to make it easier for them.
Booking.com now annually surveys travellers and holidaymakers in the world’s major source markets. This year’s report found that 83% of global travellers think sustainable travel is vital. Almost half (49%) still believe that in 2021, there aren’t enough sustainable travel options available. 68% confirm they are more likely to consider choosing an accommodation knowing that it was eco-friendly, with Chinese (93%), Brazilian (83%) and Spanish (80%) travellers the most likely. This is now a global trend.
Booking.com suggests that we have reached a “pivotal moment in travel. Awareness of the impact of our trips is at an all-time high.” And it is not just about the environment. “84% believe increasing cultural understanding and preservation of cultural heritage is crucial. 76% want to ensure the economic impact of the industry is spread equally in all levels of society. 73% want to have authentic experiences that are representative of the local culture when they travel. As Booking.com points out, “despite 76% of travelers pledging to seek out accommodation that has reputable third-party sustainability accreditation, barriers still remain with 49% of travelers believing there simply still aren’t enough sustainable travel options available in 2021.” There is plenty of detail about why travellers think this on page seven of Booking.com’s 2021 sustainability report. Their report also reveals that increasing numbers of travellers and holidaymakers expect businesses to make more effort to inform them about sustainability practices and opportunities.
We know that repeats and recommendations are important in travel marketing. Booking.com’s research points to the importance of avoiding negative reactions. 53% report that they get annoyed if somewhere they are staying stops them from being sustainable, by for example, not
Four years ago, Booking.com’s research revealed that for many, sustainable travel is also synonymous with a more authentic, local experience. 38% perceive the buying of locally-made products and supporting local artisans as sustainable travel, while 36% would choose an eco-friendly accommodation because it provides a more locally-relevant experience. Our customers aspire to purchase more sustainable forms of travel and they link sustainability with authentic local experiences. Booking.com’s annual surveys reveal that the trend is strong and growing year on year.
Take the opportunity to enter the WTM Global Responsible Tourism Awards – communicate your responsibility
Glynn O’Leary explains why his company enters the Responsible Tourism Awards:
Entries and nominations for the WTM Global Responsible Tourism Awards are now open, and this time they’re global. They’re free to enter, and the deadline is August 31st 2021.
- Decarbonising Travel & Tourism,
- Sustaining Employees and Communities through the Pandemic,
- Destinations Building Back Better Post-COVID,
- Increasing Diversity in Tourism: How inclusive is our industry?
- Reducing Plastic Waste in the Environment and
- Growing the Local Economic Benefit.
In 2021, for the first time, we are launching Global Awards for each category – selected from the Gold winners in each of the regions: India, Africa, Latin America and the rest of the world.