UNWTO urges sustainability

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As the UNWTO prepares for World Tourism Day (WTD), the body has called on all tourism stakeholders to “play their part in reaching the United Nations goal of achieving sustainable energy for all by 2030”.

WTD 2012 will run under the theme ‘Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development’, and will invite all tourism operators to learn more about the sustainable energy initiatives and debate the future of sustainable energy in tourism.

“Tourism is leading the way in some of the world’s most innovative sustainable energy initiatives,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. “Energy efficient upgrades to aircraft, the shift to renewable fuel for aviation and cruise liners, energy technology solutions in hotels, as well as countless other initiatives are placing tourism at the forefront of the clean energy transformation.”

As part of this year’s WTD, UNWTO is also inviting stakeholders to visit an ‘online energy school’, which forms part of Hotel Energy Solutions – a UNWTO project designed to help hoteliers cut their carbon emissions.

This year’s official WTD celebrations will take place on 27 September on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria.

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