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SUSTOUR Plastic Management

Mentoring Tour Operators as part of their Travelife for Tour Operators workstreams on waste reduction.

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The grand finale of the EU-COSME funded SUSTOUR project, an ambitious 3-year endeavour aimed at promoting sustainable practices within the European tourism industry, took place on September 13th and 14th in Cascais, Portugal.

 

The final event showcased the achievements and best practices of travel agents and tour operators who have successfully integrated sustainability into their business and operations.

 

The Final Hybrid Peer-to-Peer Learning Event of SUSTOUR is the crowning achievement of an initiative that has brought together over 600 tour operators and travel agents from across Europe.

 

Over the course of three years, these small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have worked to enhance the sustainability of their operations, all while collectively contributing to the broader goals of responsible tourism. Attendees had the opportunity to delve into the project's results, which reflected the collective dedication of participating SMEs towards achieving sustainability milestones. This celebratory occasion also fostered valuable networking opportunities, reinforcing connections among SMEs that share a common commitment to sustainable tourism.

Travel Without Plastic's Jo Hendrickx was delighted to have been a mentor to a number of Tour Operators that took a deeper dive into Plastic Management during the first half of 2023.  Regular meetings with the Tour Operators enabled TWP to provide personalised coaching and to create supporting documents and presentations so that the Tour Operators could start and accelerate their journey towards reducing single-use plastic.

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