IHG pushes “greener” image at ITB Asia

InterContinental Hotels Group again has a strong presence at ITB Asia, and this year has a slightly “greener” tint, as the company has announced this week it is to remove plastic straws from its global estate by the end of 2019.

The decision to remove plastic straws from IHG’s global estate will eliminate an average of 50 million single-use plastic straws from more than 5,400 IHG-branded hotels each year.

Keith Barr, CEO, IHG, commented: “IHG is in almost 100 countries and we touch the lives of millions of people each day. This gives us a responsibility to protect the environment and an opportunity to make a real difference. There is always more we can do to minimise waste, but the work we’re doing to reduce single use plastic is a powerful example of how we can come together with guests, owners and colleagues to drive positive change.