Press article | World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)

World tourism body also announces groundbreaking new social and environmental indicators for the sector

London, United Kingdom: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announces the launch of a Net Zero roadmap for the travel and tourism sector to support the industry in the fight against climate change during its virtual climate week.

He also announced the launch of groundbreaking social and environmental research data. For the first time, such data will be produced across the industry, building on WTTC’s highly anticipated annual Economic Impact Report (EIR).

This vital work represents WTTC’s greatest deliverables in advancing the industry towards net zero by 2050.

This powerful initiative is carried out in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and professional services and consultants, Accenture.

The WTTC made the announcement during its virtual event “Net Zero Travel & Tourism – From Ambition to Action” today during New York’s annual Climate Week.

Julia Simpson, President and CEO of WTTC, said: “The launch of our Net Zero roadmap for the travel and tourism sector and the development of industry-wide data to measure our success are milestones to show how travel and tourism are playing their part in the fight against climate change. cash.

“The WTTC, alongside our partners and sponsors, is delighted to offer concrete and meaningful solutions to meet the challenge of climate change.

“Together with UNEP and Accenture, the WTTC will launch the Net Zero roadmap for the travel and tourism sector at COP26 in Glasgow next month. This is a major new initiative that will support our industries on their journey to Net Zero.

“As an industry, we realize that not all industries can achieve such goals at the same time, which is why our Net Zero roadmap will be so critical.

“As the new President and CEO of WTTC, I am committed to putting climate change at the center of everything we do.”

The Net Zero Roadmap will include an overview of the status quo of climate actions in travel and tourism, direct lessons learned from the last 18 months and will include action frameworks for specific industries to help accelerate climate commitments and reducing emissions.

The WTTC will regularly monitor and update this Climate Action Inventory research, providing ongoing updates until travel and tourism sector goals are met.

During the virtual event, sponsored by IHG, attendees discussed the sustainability challenges facing the travel and tourism industry, as well as creating the path forward in the industry’s quest to become net zero. .

The interactive session included remarks from Julia Simpson, President and CEO of WTTC, representatives from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Arnold Donald, President of WTTC and President and CEO of Carnival Corporation, Elie Maalouf, Managing Director Americas, IHG, Alex Zozaya, President of Apple Leisure Group, and Gilda Perez-Alvarado, Global CEO of JLL Hotels and Hospitality, among others.

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