Synopsis: The tourism sector in the world needs to adopt policies for promoting sustainable tourism to save the planet. the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is on a mission to teach businesses the impact of their work on the environment.
In the latest travel news, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is on the mission to teach businesses the impact of their work on the environment. Green and sustainable tourism is the need of an hour when the world is experiencing the worst climate change due to the greenhouse effect. The tourism sector in the world needs to adapt policies for promoting sustainable tourism to save the planet.
A significant driver of nature tourism, wildlife generates US$343 billion annually for the global economy and supports almost 22 million employees worldwide. Nature tourism accounts for 20% of all tourism worldwide.
The President and CEO of World Travel & Tourism Council Julia Simpson said “Human activity has resulted in a devastating loss of natural habitat and biodiversity, with one in four species now facing extinction. Travel and tourism are uniquely placed to make a real difference. Eighty percent of travel and tourism is highly dependent on nature, so it is crucial we take a proactive role in advancing conservation.”
Different steps and policies are being taken around the world to make tourism carbon-free. Turkey created policies for sustainable tourism and was the first country to work on this. The report provides a roadmap based on a four-phase framework that includes useful steps to direct the industry in adopting a Nature Positive approach: evaluating operational impact, outlining a strategy, identifying necessary actions, rolling out and reviewing the program, and utilizing communication opportunities.
The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema said that the beauty of nature and the resources the travel sector provides are important components of the travel and tourist industry. However, we are losing natural resources and biodiversity at a rate never before seen.