Today, on World Tourism Day, globetrotters across the world are being challenged to be responsible and mindful when travelling.
World Tourism Day is commemorated each year on 27 September. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.
This year, World Tourism Day aligns with the UN’s overall designation of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
Last year alone, 1.24 billon travellers crossed international borders, a figure that’s predicted to spike to 1.8 billion by 2030.
“The question, as we celebrate World Tourism Day 2017, is how we can enable this powerful global transformative force, these 1.8 billion opportunities, to contribute to make this world a better place and to advance sustainable development in all its 5 pillars. This World Tourism Day, whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to respect nature, respect culture and respect your host,” said UNWTO’s secretary-general Taleb Rifai in a statement.
Africa has undertaken numerous sustainable tourism initiative during the past year. From plastic bans in Kenya and the Seychelles to banning the exploitation of wild animals for tourism purposes in South Africa and the Ugandan President calling on investors to promote sustainable tourism, the continent is pulling together to create a more sustainable tourism future.
Also Amadeus is working to shape a more sustainable travel and tourism industry by ensuring the environmental efficiency of our operations, identifying and fostering the environmental benefits of our technology solutions (like saving airline fuel), and participating in joint industry initiatives to improve industry collaboration with regard to measuring, reducing, and offsetting our impact on the environment. And protect it for future generations.
Under the “Protect our planet” category, the UN’s tourist handbook offers these simple codes of conduct that you can share with your clients to help create a more sustainable tourism environment for all:
― Reduce your environmental impact by being a guardian of natural resources, especially forests and wetlands.
― Respect wildlife and their natural habitats.
― Purchase products that aren’t made using endangered plants or animals.
― In protected areas, access only the places open to visitors.
― Reduce your water and energy consumption whenever possible.
― Leave only a minimum footprint and a good impression behind.