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Skål International Endorses “Clean The World” To Help Fight Global Spread Of Preventable Diseases

November 28, 2013 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

At the recent 74th World Congress in New York City, Skål International, the largest organization of professional travel and tourism leaders in the world, proudly announced  its affiliation with Clean the World, the world’s largest recycler of discarded hotel guestroom soaps, by  agreeing to promote its programme as one of the Organization’s international sustainability initiatives.

Under the terms of the agreement, Skål International will encourage  its approximately 5,300 hotel members  to work alongside Clean the World in the collection and recycling of used  soaps in order to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases.

According to the World Health Organization, each day thousands of children around the world die from hygiene related diseases that can be prevented by washing with bar soap. By joining hands with leading hotel groups, Clean the World also helps protect the environment by diverting waste from incinerators and landfills by repurposing the millions of bars of guestroom soap discarded daily.250x250TICBanner

“The Skål Mission is to support a responsible tourism industry and its belief in Sustainable Tourism actively fosters appreciation and stewardship of the natural, cultural and historic resources and special places by local inhabitants, the tourism industry, governments and visitors. It is tourism which is viable over the long term, because it results in a net benefit for social, economic, natural and cultural environments of the area in which it takes place,” said Skål  International World President, Karine Coulanges.

Shailesh Adhav, Managing Director for Clean the World in Asia said: “It is wonderful to have Skål International’s support for our life-saving and environmental cause, especially at this time of great need. In the Philippines there is an urgent requirement for life-saving hygiene in the fallout of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, As such, we have dispatched more than 10 tons of soap and many thousands of hand sanitizer packs that are absolutely essential for health and sanitation during this terrible time.”

In total, Clean the World has created over 14 million new sanitized soap bars that have been delivered to underprivileged communities, families, and children in 70 countries. “Every day we do more, and partnering with Skål International is truly humbling – we sincerely appreciate its commitment and leadership,” said Adhav.

Clean the World has partnerships with some of the biggest names in the hospitality industry including Sands China Ltd, Mandarin Oriental, Hilton, Starwood, Marriott, Disney, Carlson, and Intercontinental Hotel Group.                                                                                                                        

Skål is a keen supporter of worthy initiatives. It also supports the Global Code of Ethics in Tourism, the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Exploitation in Tourism and ST-EP (Sustainable Tourism-Eliminating Poverty).

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