TTC brands ditch plastic

SINGAPORE, 8 April 2019: Leading up to Earth Day on 22 April, The Travel Corporation’s non-profit foundation said it has eliminated single-use plastic water bottles on TTC all brands’ trips.

TTC recently announced that, from the beginning of its 2019 operating season, its brands (Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold, CostSaver, Brendan Vacations, Contiki, AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys would no longer make available single-use plastic bottles on its coaches.

These brands join sister companies Uniworld, Red Carnation Hotels and U River Cruises, which have already removed plastic water bottles from their operations previously.

TTC announced in June last year that all of its brands would eliminate all non-essential single-use plastics across all operations and brands by 2022.

The latest initiative is expected to reduce plastic waste by several hundred thousand plastic bottles per year.

In addition to announcing that single-use plastic water bottles will no longer be available for purchase on all coaches, TTC brands Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold, CostSaver, AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys will eliminate several hundred thousand pieces of single-use plastics from their operations by moving away from the use of non-biodegradable nametags for all guests on their trips. Further, these brands are also replacing single-use plastic luggage tags with reusable, durable luggage tags. 

Contiki has introduced a long-lasting silicon one-litre water bottle, with a 300-use charcoal filter, on a number of its trips this year around the world.

This provides the traveller with a very usable, foldable water bottle, which ensures clean, safe drinking water at all times. Lessons from this year’s trial will then be shared with other TTC brands, as the long-term goal is to ensure all travellers have a refillable water bottle they carry with them at all times, ensuring they change their habits and dependency on plastic water bottles.