A clever US company started to collect these half-used supplies and re-utilise them.
This reminded me of what I had written in the
May 2017 editorial about the hotel industry that should introduce a robust differentiation policy of waste generated during hotels stays. Besides, this industry should also think of sustainable mobility for their guests.
Next 25th June 2018 EPN Consulting is organising in London a Conference on "
Smart Transport for Sustainable Tourism
" (more info below) where we will describe - among many other topics - some clever solutions that a few towns in Austria and Slovenia adopted about promoting the use of public transport among visitors by giving them smart cards, providing Park&Ride areas where to park their private cars and enjoy several kinds of alternative transport including electric vehicles. This is the right strategy to follow.
Especially in small- and mid-sized towns it is difficult to learn about public transport services and in particular for short holidays people tend to focus on places to visit rather than which kinds of transport to use for these visits and choosing private cars unfortunately turn to be the easiest solution. But in high-peak seasons the high number of private cars circulating in towns and, in particular, in smaller ones generate a devastating impact on the environment and quality of life of residents.
That's why hotels associations and tourist offices should design and actively implement effective campaigns of
sustainable mobility in their areas. This can be achieved by offering bundles that combine cheaper public transport fares and discounts on tickets for parks, museums, restaurants, etc.
If towns are too small to organise campaigns alone, they could link to neighbour towns and cities for global multi-modal and multi-disciplinary tourist packages. This will generate beneficial effects on the local economy while protecting the environment: indeed, a win-win solution!
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