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Cruise lines work toward sustainability amid tightening regulations

The 200-mile emissions control area around the U.S. and Canada designated by the International Maritime Organization represents a solid effort by authorities to curb the damage caused by cruise ships around the world. Carnival Cruise Line has recently taken the lead in cruise lines’ sustainability efforts by installing a $180 million exhaust filtration system on […]

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Climate Change 2013 – IPPC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)

The fifth annual assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that : “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, […]

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UNWTO Conference on ‘Sustainable Tourism in Islands’ Opens in La Reunion

  The role of tourism in Island Destinations as a means to promote economic growth and sustainable development is the main topic of the Conference on Sustainable Development of Tourism in Islands, organized jointly by UNWTO and the government of France (Réunion Island, France, 11-13 September 2013). Critical issues for island destinations, including sustainable tourism […]

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Green-based Tourism Can Attract ‘Premium Paying’ Tourists

In the first half of 2013, 2.38 million foreign tourists visited the Philippines. But the German Embassy officials said the country can still attract more, particularly high-value tourists, if it would adopt sustainable forms of tourism. During his recent visit to the Philippines, Michael Hasper, deputy head of commission of the German Embassy, said Europeans, […]

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TUI Travel – latest Sustainable Holidays Report

TUI Travel have launched their latest Sustainable Holidays Report, which follows the launch of their three-year Sustainable Holidays Plan in 2012. The Plan comprises 20 challenging and measurable commitments, underpinning four stretching goals: To operate Europe’s most fuel-efficient airlines and reduce carbon on the ground by 20,000 tonnes of CO2, To take 10 million customers […]

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The Taste Of A Place: Why Food And Tourism Belong Together

The World Food Travel Summit in Gothenburg is approaching rapidly – only one month to go! We are excited about the program. It will be a great opportunity for anyone in the food and travel industry to learn new things, make new connections and find new ways to grow their business. Finding the taste of […]

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UK’s Green Tourism tops list of global certification schemes

An initiative launched 16 years ago to promote sustainable tourism and stop ordinary people being ripped off by ‘greenwash’ has been named the “most credible” certification programme in the world. An investigation into the ethics and expertise of 158 schemes used by businesses to boost their environmentally-friendly credentials has named the Perth-based Green Tourism Business […]

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UNWTO and Casa Árabe to promote tourism development in the Arab World

UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai and Casa Árabe Director General Eduardo López Busquets have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote sustainable tourism development and strengthening institutional capacity in Arab countries (Madrid, 10 June 2013). Signed at UNWTO headquarters in Madrid, the Memorandum furthers cooperation between UNWTO and Casa Árabe in common interest areas, including sustainable […]

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UN Global Compact and Global Reporting Initiative partner for new areas of cooperation

The UN Global Compact and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) today announced the renewal of their Memorandum of Understanding, signed in Amsterdam at the biggest global conference on sustainability and reporting, convening 1600 attendees from over 80 countries. This happened at the historic launch of G4, the fourth generation of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. […]

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International tourism receipts grew by 4% in 2012

  Receipts from international tourism in destinations around the world grew by 4% in 2012 reaching US$ 1075 billion. This growth is equal to the 4% increase in international tourist arrivals which reached 1035 million in 2012. An additional US$ 219 billion was recorded in receipts from international passenger transport, bringing total exports generated by […]

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