Travelocity’s carbon offsets initiave is remarkable not only for being a clutter-breaker among online travel programs but also because it seems easy enough for travelers to buy-into. The “Go-Zero” program gives customers the option to offset the carbon emissions resultant on their trips by making contributions to the Conservatory fund (which plants trees). This is a great idea whose time has come and lends itself to many extensions – cleaner beaches, parks, landmarks? New York City, for example could use a fund to clean up its subways, the preferred mode of transport for tourists who otherwise would be spending a fortune (not to mention hours) trying to get around the city.
Co-founder and president of a New York based hotel company for 24 years. Grew the firm to five hotels in Manhattan and also developed a greenfield project at MacArthur airport, New York. Speaker at numerous prestigious forums including Economy Hotels World Asia, Lodging Conference, NYU, Columbia University Real Estate Roundtable, Baruch College's Zicklin School and ALIS. President and ceo of New York City Hotel Association since January 2017. View all posts by Vijay Dandapani