On November 12, the “mobile” of tourism sector closed in Seville. Tourism Innovation Summit 2021. And its director, Silvia Avilés, made it very clear in this second edition: “The traveler’s mentality has changed drastically, he is increasingly aware of climate change and the impact that travel generates. Now, it is the tourism industry that must boost sustainability, be responsible for the environment and cultural heritage of destinations and promote inclusive tourism”.
We tell you all the details about responsible options when travelling.
As in other sectors, the tourism industry also intends to develop its activity generating a minimal impact on the environment. An opportunity to give the planet a break while meeting the demand of an increasingly committed consumer.
In 1976, the World Tourism Organization was already talking about linking the development of the sector to “making optimum use of environmental resources”.
To this end, the WTO, as an agency linked to the United Nations, sets out three key points:
And, to guide the sector to establish improvements, the World Tourism Organization, applies three indices when focusing the business:
The negative impact that unstructured and crowded tourism has had over the years, together with awareness of environmental issues, are gradually giving sustainable tourism its own life.
If the main benefit of tourism in society is economic growth, its main claim is the environment. Its fragility, together with the impact on society, deserves a resource and destination management.
When planning your destination you should consider those that offer you care for the environmental and socioeconomic environment, as well as a good resource management . In this way you will get to leave “sustainable footprint” with your trip.
The hotel industry in general seeks to stimulate and meet the demand for responsible travel. Hence, some of the main hotel chains, among other protagonists in the sector, have come together to create the Basic Framework for Sustainability. Under this framework, which will be launched in March 2022, actions will be created that have a positive impact on the planet and people.
But several solutions are already underway to find the destiny most committed to the planet.
Once you choose the destination and the accommodation you have to consider what the means of transport is, of course. If you choose the plane, or the distance from your destination claims it loudly, and you are aware of the pollution that commercial flights generate, a good option is to use our Avikor platform. If you fly from Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas or Josep Tarradellas Barcelona. El Prat, airports, no matter what airline you fly with, you can buy biofuel corresponding to your ticket. Take power. More sustainability, less shame to fly.
Well, we’ve reached our destination. There are many sustainable tourist facilities, both outside our borders and throughout the Spanish geography. All with activities and proposals to complete an environmentally sustainable experience, with contact with the place´s lifestyle, traditions, music, cuisine… and environmental awareness.
But what other tourist attractions are also committed and can help you select the place to visit? Here are some, according to a USwitch study:
It is clear that the tourism industry has a high human impact on the environment, so institutions and companies are working to counteract this situation. Although, as tourists, we all also have to do our homework, choosing to travel sustainably and knowing our next destination´s commitment.