How sustainable do UK delegates want to be?

Survey reveals how concerned Brits really are about their environmental impact when travelling overseas.

A recent survey of 1,468 Brits who booked a trip abroad this summer has revealed how eco-friendly people plan to be when they travel.

The research by Taxi2Airport.com sheds light on how willing delegates might be to sacrifice their own comfort and luxury for the good of the planet. 

The top three most eco-friendly intentions are:

  • 78% will walk, bike or use public transport
  • 75% will take reusable bags
  • 71% have will pack lightly to increase the fuel-efficiency of transport

People tend to live more extravagantly in hotels than at home, but the results suggest that travellers want their accommodation to be more green. And the majority want their hotel to take more initiative when it comes to implementing eco-friendly measures:  

  • 67% believe hotels should take the initiative to include a recyclable as well as a non-recyclable bin
  • 66% will make a conscious effort to turn off hotel TV, lights, heating and air conditioning when they are not in the room. 
  • 82% of people want hotels to automatically disable these functions when they are not in the room
  • 55% would be happy if their bathroom had a low flow showerhead and toilet to reduce water consumption
  • 54% will only throw away and/or ask for new toiletries once they have finished their existing set

But when it comes to sacrificing personal luxury to be more green, there’s still a way to go:

  • 48% don’t mind if hotels don’t replace towels and bed linen every day
  • 31% would be happy to pay more for food that has been locally sourced
  • 20% will recycle or return any visitor information (e.g. maps, brochures etc) they accumulate from their ventures.
  • 9% of travellers who intend to hire a private vehicle are going to make sure it is either a hybrid or electric model

Yoon Sterkenburg, the Co-Founder of Taxi2Airport.com, said: "This research certainly shows that British travellers have varying ways in which they intend to be environmentally-friendly when abroad this summer.

"Regardless of how small or big, if enough travellers carry out these actions the impact can be very beneficial and contribute towards improved sustainability in the country they are visiting."

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