MADRID, 7 June 2021: UNWTO is inviting public and private
stakeholders worldwide to take part in a Global Survey of Climate Action in
Tourism and help identify front-running initiatives and opportunities to
accelerate climate action in tourism.

Launched on World Environment Day, Saturday 5 June, the
survey aims to support the ongoing efforts of the sector to reduce its
environmental impacts and carbon emissions, as well as to strengthen its
capacity to adapt to a changing climate.

Late last month, Tourism Ministers of the G20 nations
stressed the need to rethink tourism and shape a more resilient, sustainable
and inclusive sector. They also committed to taking action and promoting such a
green transformation. 

The UNWTO 
Recommendations for the Transition to a Green Travel and Tourism
Economy, welcomed by the G20 Tourism Ministers, highlighted the need to
transform tourism operations for climate action. Otherwise, emissions from
global tourism could rise by at least 25% by 2030, as estimated in the latest
research carried out by UNWTO and ITF.

The green transformation of the sector is needed, not just
for the planet but also for tourism itself, boosting competitiveness and
increasing resilience.

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “The
pandemic and its impact on tourism, jobs and revenues, offers an unprecedented
reminder of the need to rebalance our relationship with people, planet and
prosperity. The green transformation of the sector is needed, not just for the
planet, but also for tourism itself, boosting competitiveness and increasing
resilience.”

The Global Survey is part of the preparations for the UN
Climate Change Conference COP26, and the results will be presented in November
2021 in Glasgow. It has been developed within the framework of the One Planet
Sustainable Tourism Programme.

The survey is open until 15 July 2021, and destinations, businesses and tourism associations are all invited to take part. Please find more information on the survey here.

(Source: UNWTO)