Document to help align destinations with plans to reduce global emissions
The Future of Tourism Coalition and Tourism Declares have joined force to plan for a climate action blueprint specifically for destinations.
The groups said they aim to create the document ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November.
It will be made up of frameworks, tools, best practice and resources required for destinations to deliver action plans that align tourism with the need to reduce global emissions by at least half by 2030.
Jeremy Smith, co-founder of Tourism Declares, said: “It is essential that 2021 is a turning point for our industry, the year when delivering against science-based climate action plans becomes standard practice for travel and tourism organisations.
“It is great that the Future of Tourism Coalition is aligned to this ambition, and we shall combine our expertise and growing community networks to co-create a new, low-carbon, destination blueprint.”
Future of Tourism Coalition chair Jeremy Sampson said: “We’ve been working closely with Tourism Declares since we launched last summer, as climate change is the big issue that cuts right across our 13 guiding principles for the future of tourism.
“We would like our two initiatives to align as seamlessly as possible, as we need engagement, insights, experience and expertise from all parts of our diverse industry to find the best solutions for tomorrow’s tourism.”
Last year, ABTA published a report designed to lay out how the travel industry must rebuild a responsible and resilient sector post-pandemic.
The report, entitled Tourism for Good – A Roadmap for Rebuilding Travel and Tourism includes a framework for collaborative action with tourism that benefits all of those involved.
New figures reveal that 52 per cent of people believe that the travel industry should open in a ‘greener’ way, with consumers increasingly interested in how their holiday benefits the people and places that they visit. About half (49 per cent) of people say that sustainability credentials are important, or essential, when booking a holiday. In 2011 it was just 20 per cent.
Clare Jenkinson, head of sustainability at ABTA, said: “Building on ABTA’s longstanding work on sustainability, the Tourism for Good report is designed to act as a strategic framework to guide our activities as the industry reopens and evolves. The core principles include, for example, the need for tourism to be sustainable and resilient against future shocks, for policies and actions to be designed in alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and the urgent need to accelerate decarbonisation. We commit to measuring the progress that is being made and identifying the areas where more work needs to be done.”