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Business Travel Show 2021. How important is sustainability today?

In a previous article we stated that the sustainability it will be an important topic to the Business travel show Europe this year, in which we participate as a media partner.

The forum, to be held in London dal 30 September to 1 October 2021will have a focus on this in his own agendawith guests and conferences to this.

“I will share my experiences on how we managed travel during Covid: digitization, sustainability, payments contactless for airplanes and hotels, CO2 offsets, zero-emission travel programs ». Like this Summit Khanndeparkar, panelist of the show and global travel manager of Springer nature group.

The pandemic situation seems to have pushed the increasingly fundamental issues of respect for the environment and human rights in the travel sector.

Conferences on sustainability at Business Travel Show Europe 2021, London – Excel exhibition center – 30 September and 1 October

Sustainability: the analysis of the Business Travel Show in London

The relevance that the topic has assumed was also probed with a survey.

The fair event itself, in fact, through one studio conducted on a sample of 313 travel managerdemonstrates how important today in the business travel sector is the theme of sustainability.

The questionnaire revealed that 62% of travel plans today are sustainable, comparing it to 40% recorded in November 2019. Two years ago, 60% of travel managers did not have sustainable plans; today this number has dropped to 8%.

Ma how much has Covid influenced the increase?

It is recorded that 37% had a sustainable program even before the pandemic, however, 25% planned it only after Covid-19 and a further 23% are considering putting them in place soon.

This increased attention does not only concern the environment, but also the people.

In fact, from 2019 to 2021, there was an increase in directives within travel plans to protect the most marginalized categories of travelers.

Ethical Travel Trail

As we see, in general the will of travel managers is to adopt green policies as regards the means of transport used and hospitality, reducing emissions and minimizing the impact on the environment. There is also a tendency towards a greater willingness to inclusion and respect for diverisity among the human resources of the company.

For this reason, this year the Business travel show Europe announced its Ethical travel trail.

Sustainability, diversity, equity, inclusion, carbon neutrality and human rights. All the behaviors adopted for the good of the planet e of people will be awarded: a new one exhibition itineraryin fact, it will allow you to discover inside the Excel London pavilions which suppliers are supporting positive change in the industry and how they are doing it.

On the online platform of the event it will also be possible to filter based on the products and ethical behavior adopted. So as to identify exhibitors more easily.

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