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Travel & Tourism leaders welcomes UN Global Sustainable Development Goals

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 settembre 2015

Ttourism_travel_world_map_-_magicwall.cahe leaders of the major Global Travel and Tourism associations have welcomed the adoption of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.The Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), which represents the leading public and private bodies in the Travel and Tourism sector, attests to the global importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of the Travel & Tourism sectors in their realisation.
Speaking on behalf of GTAC, David Scowsill, President of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), said:“Travel & Tourism is a sector which collectively contributes nearly 10% of the world’s GDP and one in eleven of all jobs on the planet. Over one billion people cross international borders each year, a number expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030, while at the same time, billions more travel domestically. This is a sector which will play a very significant role in making progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.“Like the Sustainable Development Goals themselves, the Travel & Tourism sector is global and action-oriented. It consists of millions of companies – from the smallest hostel to the largest airline – which together forge an industry which encourages sustainable economic growth, creates jobs, promotes opportunities across society and alleviates poverty.“Travel & Tourism has the potential to contribute directly or indirectly to all of the goals. In particular, as one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the world, Travel & Tourism is well-positioned to foster economic growth and create jobs throughout the world to meet Goal #1 “End poverty in all its forms everywhere”. In particular, tourism has been included as a specific target in Goals #8, #12 and #14 on inclusive and sustainable economic growth, sustainable consumption and production and the sustainable use of oceans and marine resources.
“The Sustainable Development Goals will play a major role in framing our world for the next generation. The Global Travel Association Coalition, representing the major public and private bodies in the Travel & Tourism industry, welcomes their adoption and the part that our sector will play in making them a reality.”

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WTTC presses Travel & Tourism industry to ensure its standards of ethics and sustainability are of the highest order

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 aprile 2014

Aerial photo shoot for Kenai Fjords Tours 8-19-2010, near Seward, Alaska.The global Travel & Tourism industry must operate to the highest standards to prove that it is a force for good and not a force for destruction. That is according to the President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), David Scowsill, in his closing speech at the WTTC Global Summit in Hainan, China (24-25 April 2014).Mr Scowsill is calling on the sector to demonstrate leadership and accountability; “The Travel & Tourism industry needs to report and communicate the benefits and value it brings and ensure that it genuinely embraces a Tourism for Tomorrow. Standards of ethics and sustainability must be of the highest order. We need to work in true partnership with governments – when they listen – and with our local communities and stakeholders.  We must also engage with our staff, our customers and our consumers”.Subjects discussed at the WTTC Global Summit have included volatility and unpredictability, climate change and disaster recovery, infrastructure planning and sustainability, growth and jobs, peace and prosperity, collaboration and co-operation and culture and understanding. Mr Scowsill continues; “We have a responsibility for the one billion travellers each year on our planet and another billion soon; for the plight of those affected by disasters, whether through natural disaster or man-made conflict and for the careful preservation of resources and protection of the planet. And we also have the responsibility to provide millions of quality jobs to people, who are seeking fulfilment and quality of life through employment, training, opportunities and careers. And we must not forget that we have to satisfy the markets and investors, who quite properly and responsibly seek returns for the huge investment that will be needed. If we can take care of all these responsibilities, then we will become the greatest industry on earth and a true Force for Good”.Mr Scowsill says, however, that there is currently a vacuum in global leadership and the Industry needs to play its part; “National governments and global institutions are increasingly struggling to tackle many of the issues, which we’ve been discussing over the last two days. Governments do not always recognise our contribution at the table.  As an industry, we need to become more vocal and more sophisticated in our co-ordination and articulation of our agenda going forward, if we are to succeed. The enormous infrastructure that the massive growth in travel will require will only happen through consensus, collaboration and co-operation. WTTC commits to representing our industry in these capacities to make change happen”.

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