The guided brands of The Travel Corporation (TTC) will no longer make single-use plastic bottles available on coaches from the beginning of the 2019 operating season.

The move will apply to Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold, Costsaver, Contiki, AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys, as these brands join sister companies Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Red Carnation Hotels and U River Cruises, which have already removed single-use plastic water bottles from their operations.

It comes as The Travel Corporation and its non-profit foundation TreadRight are marking Earth Month during April.

Brett Tollman, chief executive of TTC and founder of The TreadRight Foundation, said: “This announcement marks an important next step in fulfilling our pledge to eliminate all non-essential single-use plastics across our operations by 2022.

“We are working with our partners on the ground to make sure guests still have access to clean drinking water and will be identifying convenient points along the way they can safely and responsibly source drinking water.

“We will also be continuing our active efforts to find innovative ways to remove the few remaining single-use plastics throughout our organisation’s hotel properties, such as shampoo and body lotion plastic bottles.”

The brands will also move away from non-biodegradable name tags for guests, and single-use plastic luggage tags will be replaced with reusable, durable luggage tags.

TreadRight will help travellers explore more sustainably with a series of videos in April providing tips on eliminating plastics and conserving water.

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