IHCL CELEBRATES WORLD TOURISM DAY 2023 THE SUSTAINABLE WAY
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans – India’s first zero-single use plastic hotel
MUMBAI, September 28, 2023: Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), India’s largest hospitality company reaffirms its commitment to promoting responsible and sustainable tourism, this World Tourism Day. IHCL’s ESG+ framework of Paathya aims to create sustained outcomes that drive value and fuel growth whilst strengthening environment and societies.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gaurav Pokhariyal, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, IHCL, said, “The growing role of travel and tourism industry makes it even more important to ensure that it is sustainable and inclusive, and that it contributes positively to communities, the cultural heritage and the natural ecosystems, upon which our sector depends. As an Industry leader, IHCL has been steadily walking the integrated path towards environmental and social progress.”
IHCL having persistently worked towards optimizing energy, water usage and responsible waste management, has set global benchmark with the 77 EarthCheck certified hotels including the largest number of Platinum certified hotels in the tourism industry, anywhere in the world. Other environmental efforts include increased consumption of renewable energy. Two of group’s hotels, the iconic The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai and Taj Bengal, Kolkata are 100% green. From introducing India’s first zero-single use plastic hotel Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans, IHCL’s additional measures include, installation of bottling plants across 22 hotels to replace all plastic water bottles with reusable glass bottles and switching to bio degradable wrapping of dry amenities in guest rooms.
Long being heralded as custodians of Indian heritage, IHCL in collaboration with UNESCO helps safeguard and promote the intangible cultural heritage of India. From Bagru Hand Block Printing and Blue Pottery at Jaipur to a celebration of the divine force, Durga Puja in Kolkata or Ganga Aarti in Varanasi, the partnership through experiential tours showcases the living heritage of the country.
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About The Indian Hotels Company Limited
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the iconic brand for the most discerning travellers and ranked as India’s Strongest Brand 2023 as per Brand Finance; SeleQtions, a named collection of hotels; Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels; and Ginger, which is revolutionising the lean luxe segment.
Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel - The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL has a portfolio of 271 hotels including 78 under development globally across 4 continents, 11 countries and in over 100 locations. The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is India’s largest hospitality company by market capitalization. It is listed on the BSE and NSE.
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