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More than 1,700 hotels across 70 countries have signed up for the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) ‘Hotel Sustainability Basics’ initiative. The independent global sustainability verification program enables hotels to follow a 12-step plan focused on reducing carbon emissions, promoting nature conservation, and ensuring local communities benefit from operations.

Major hotel groups from Commonwealth countries such as India, South Africa and Malaysia have joined the initiative, including Jin Jiang, Louvre Hotel Group, Choice Hotels and Radisson Hotel Group. Travel brands including Intrepid and Abercrombie & Kent have also endorsed the program.

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