Is green tourism the future of the new normal state?

first_imgSo one of the consequences of the “new normal” situation will be greater investment and probably acceleration of the development of green tourism. Especially in the European Union, which has a plan (Green Deal) that there will be no more net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and this is only possible with large investments. The implementation of the plan is already underway, and this can be seen in the state aid. Namely, large companies, if they want support, must provide a report on how they will align state aid with European green goals. UNWTO – Global guidelines for restarting tourism Initiatives launched, talks with governments and calls for help from small and medium-sized tourism businesses have not gone without results. Although this does not mean much to the little man who is struggling with canceled reservations and loan repayments, it should be emphasized that the UNWTO is one of the world’s organizations, which in times of crisis imposed itself as a very important factor in policy making, at least as far as tourism is concerned. The latest initiative, signed by UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Polikashvili, is the relaunch of tourism. Research conducted by the UNWTO shows that travel restrictions are beginning to be eased in a number of countries, and governments and the private sector are working together to restore confidence-building and a foundation for recovery. Namely, at the fifth meeting of the Global Committee for the Tourism Crisis, they were adopted guidelines for tourism recovery. We have already written several times so far about the efforts made by the United Nations Tourism Agency to restore tourism. This important document outlines a plan and priorities for the sector in the coming months, from providing liquidity to vulnerable companies to opening borders and coordinating new health protocols and procedures. At the same time, innovation and sustainability continue to be promoted. In this way, as tourism restarts, a sector can be built that will work for people and the entire planet.center_img What exactly does that mean? There are currently about 200.000 hotels in the world that provide 18 million beds, and another 2,4 million rooms are planned. They themselves represent 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions and thus increasing the sustainability of this part of the global tourism sector can make a significant contribution to sustainable development goals related to climate. One of the main focuses will be working with private sector partners to promote green finance and share experiences in financing sustainable buildings. Sustainable tourism should no longer be considered a special nicheUNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili Planet? As big as it sounds, it concerns all of us. Namely, the UNWTO has started cooperation with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to encourage the recovery of tourism from the current crisis, while promoting green financing to improve sustainability throughout the tourism value chain. Finally, we will conclude with the words of the UNWTO Secretary-General: “Sustainable tourism should no longer be considered a special niche. Instead, this break in global travel offers us a chance to rethink tourism and make the entire sector more sustainable as we grow forward and stronger. This new initiative with IFC will provide valuable guidance on sustainable investment in tourism that increases tourism’s contribution to sustainable development goals.”last_img

first_imgSo one of the consequences of the “new normal” situation will be greater investment and probably acceleration of the development of green tourism. Especially in the European Union, which has a plan (Green Deal) that there will be no more net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and this is only possible with large investments. The implementation of the plan is already underway, and this can be seen in the state aid. Namely, large companies, if they want support, must provide a report on how they will align state aid with European green goals. UNWTO – Global guidelines for restarting tourism Initiatives launched, talks with governments and calls for help from small and medium-sized tourism businesses have not gone without results. Although this does not mean much to the little man who is struggling with canceled reservations and loan repayments, it should be emphasized that the UNWTO is one of the world’s organizations, which in times of crisis imposed itself as a very important factor in policy making, at least as far as tourism is concerned. The latest initiative, signed by UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Polikashvili, is the relaunch of tourism. Research conducted by the UNWTO shows that travel restrictions are beginning to be eased in a number of countries, and governments and the private sector are working together to restore confidence-building and a foundation for recovery. Namely, at the fifth meeting of the Global Committee for the Tourism Crisis, they were adopted guidelines for tourism recovery. We have already written several times so far about the efforts made by the United Nations Tourism Agency to restore tourism. This important document outlines a plan and priorities for the sector in the coming months, from providing liquidity to vulnerable companies to opening borders and coordinating new health protocols and procedures. At the same time, innovation and sustainability continue to be promoted. In this way, as tourism restarts, a sector can be built that will work for people and the entire planet.center_img What exactly does that mean? There are currently about 200.000 hotels in the world that provide 18 million beds, and another 2,4 million rooms are planned. They themselves represent 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions and thus increasing the sustainability of this part of the global tourism sector can make a significant contribution to sustainable development goals related to climate. One of the main focuses will be working with private sector partners to promote green finance and share experiences in financing sustainable buildings. Sustainable tourism should no longer be considered a special nicheUNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili Planet? As big as it sounds, it concerns all of us. Namely, the UNWTO has started cooperation with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to encourage the recovery of tourism from the current crisis, while promoting green financing to improve sustainability throughout the tourism value chain. Finally, we will conclude with the words of the UNWTO Secretary-General: “Sustainable tourism should no longer be considered a special niche. Instead, this break in global travel offers us a chance to rethink tourism and make the entire sector more sustainable as we grow forward and stronger. This new initiative with IFC will provide valuable guidance on sustainable investment in tourism that increases tourism’s contribution to sustainable development goals.”last_img

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