The hospitality industry no longer is being hospitable to plastic waste.
Momentum is growing to minimize the use of single-use plastic among hotels, airlines, airports and cruise lines. That means plastic straws, cups, bottles, laundry bags and even packaging for hotel guestroom slippers are starting to disappear.
Plastic waste has wreaked havoc on tourist destinations around the world. Late last year, authorities in Bali, Indonesia, declared a “garbage emergency” because of the amount of plastic washing up on a nearly 4-mile stretch of beach on the island’s west coast.
The Oneworld airline alliance has created an affiliate program for carriers that are too small or don’t offer a wide enough suite of services to meet its membership criteria.
Fiji Airways, which serves 21 destinations in 13 countries, will be the first airline in the new program, which is called Oneworld Connect.
“In the future, we expect most of the Oneworld growth to come via Oneworld Connect,” alliance chairman Pekka Vauramo, who is also the CEO of Finnair, said during a press conference held in conjunction with the IATA Annual General Meeting on Sunday.
Southwest Airlines is bulking up in New York and Washington, adding several new routes and bolstering schedules on others it already flies.
The service changes come as Southwest extended its booking schedule to include flights through Jan. 6. In addition to the changes in New York and Washington, Southwest also revealed numerous new routes and frequencies at more than a half-dozen other airports.
Tourists to New Zealand will soon have to pay double the fee that locals do to use huts and campsites located on some of the country’s great walks.
The move is part of a trial by the government that seeks to gain extra revenue to maintain the network of walks – one of the country’s major tourist drawcards.