Tourism for Tomorrow Newsletter November 2017

2018 Tourism for Tomorrow Finalists Selection Committee announced

2018 Judges

The 2018 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are now closed for another year. The men and women who decide who makes the finals have been announced. Together they comprise a global panel of experts who come from business, government, media, academia and non-governmental organisations. Following detailed analysis of the entries they will make their decisions as to who will be the finalists across all the categories. Following the onsite evaluations all finalists will then be reviewed by the winners committee, who will decide who the five 2018 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards winners are.

The full list of judges for the 2018 Finalist Selection Committee is as follows and you can read the full profiles here:

  • Randy Durband is Chief Executive Officer, Global Sustainable Tourism Council.
  • Ronald Sanabria represents the Rainforest Alliance at the United Nations’ 10 Year Framework of Programs in Sustainable Tourism and is the recipient of the 2008 EXPOTUR Friend of Nature Award in recognition of his efforts to promote sustainable tourism in Costa Rica.
  • Jane Ashton is Director of sustainable development, TUI Group. She is also Chair of the Advisory Committee of the TUI Care Foundation, the independent charity founded by TUI which focuses on projects to empower young people, to protect the natural world and to improve destination livelihoods through tourism.
  • Tony Williams is a Tourism Development Consultant working with the Qatar Tourism Authority, who launched the country’s national hotel grading classification system.
  • Kelly Bricker is a Professor of Sustainable Tourism, University of Utah and Vice Chair for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.
  • Shaun Vorster is Extraordinary Associate Professor, University of Stellenbosch Business School and has co-edited books on green growth, travel & tourism.
  • Jim Sano is Vice President - Travel, Tourism and Conservation at the World Wildlife Fund and their senior advisor on sustainable tourism programs.
  • Chris Roche is Chief Marketing Officer for Wilderness Safaris and sits on the Social, Sustainability and Ethics Committee of the board.
  • Daniel Scott is a Professor and University Research Chair at the University of Waterloo (Canada), and a global leader on climate change and tourism.
  • Richard Hammond is Founder and Executive Producer of Greentraveller Media, where he works with destinations worldwide creating films to promote their responsible tourism efforts.
  • Tony Charters is Principal of Tony Charters and Associates and the Founding Director at Ecotourism Australia.
  • Angelica Mkok, is Global Head of Social Responsibility at Amadeus.
  • Paul Clark, Group Director of Human Resources, Mandarin Oriental
  • Chantal Khoueiry is Chief Culture Officer, Value Retail. In 2017 she was selected by the NatWest SE100 Index as one of 100 inspiring and influential women in social enterprise.
  • Thomas Baum is Professor and Head of Department of Human Resource Management University of Strathclyde Business School. He is a specialist in human capacity development issues in the context of the international tourism, events and hospitality sector.

WTTC calls on tourism to focus on sustainability reporting

Sustainability Reporting

WTTC has urged the travel and tourism sector to prioritise measuring, monitoring and reporting its impact upon the environment and society. “Travel & Tourism has a significant role to play in reducing poverty, protecting the environment, and contributing to the inclusive and sustainable growth the SDGs aspire to”, said WTTC’s president and CEO Gloria Guevara, “Sustainability reporting, that is integrated into financial reports or presented as a separate activity, shows commitment to and progress against these goals. What is more, Goal 12 specifically calls on companies to report their ESG impacts.”

WTTC launched a new report providing guidance for the sector on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting for the Travel & Tourism Sector. Split into four sections, the report addresses the latest trends in sustainability reporting, including which governments and stock exchanges are mandating such reports, and how companies are refining the reports to be more engaging for audiences.

It includes a 12-step guide to reporting, and specific guidance on how to report on the issues of Climate Change; Community; Energy; Governance, Risk and Compliance; Supply Chain; Waste Generation and Diversion; Water; and Workforce. “Recent research with WTTC members highlighted sustainability as a top priority for the sector,” commented Guevara. “Sustainability reporting, which is on the rise across Travel & Tourism, is a mechanism for companies to monitor progress and share best practices. Our aim with this guidance is to support companies, large and small, as they take this journey; and provide them with the mechanism to communicate their progress”.

The report is available to download here.

Kerala launches project to spread responsible tourism across state


The south Indian state of Kerala has launched its Responsible Tourism Mission, which seeks to ensure the development of all tourism destinations across Kerala focus on local communities and environmental preservation.

Initially, the project is being launched in Kumarakom, Thekkady, Vythiri, Ambalavayal, Kumbalangi, Bakel and Kovalam. However, the plan is to roll it across the whole state, focussing on sustainable rural development and employment, the empowerment of women, and public participation in tourism.

Over the next 12 months, at least 20 Village Life Experience packages will also be launched, with the aim of using responsible tourism to promote and help sustain traditional rural livelihoods. Overall, the aim is to create 150,000 jobs in responsible tourism over the next five years and provide vocational training to at least 50,000 local people. 

Greenpeace seeks to create ‘Largest Protected Area on Earth’ in Antarctica


Environmental organisation Greenpeace has launched a global campaign to create a sanctuary that would spread across 1.8 million square kilometres of ocean in the Weddell Sea, next to the Antarctic peninsula. The Weddell Sea stretches from the southern tip of South America over an area of approx. 2.8 million square kilometres (about five times the size of Germany) and is home to about 14,000 animal species - a diversity comparable to that of tropical reefs.

The proposal, submitted by the EU and supported by the German Government, will be considered in October 2018 by the governments responsible for management of the Antarctic marine environment. “If we’re going to avoid the worst effects of climate change and protect biodiversity we need to safeguard more than 30% of our oceans and the Antarctic is a fantastic place to start,” explained Alex Rogers, Professor of Conservation Biology, University of Oxford.

“Threats to the Antarctic are increasing, such as climate change and pollution, including from plastics and fishing. Creating large marine reserves can allow these ecosystems to remain in a fully diverse and functional state. Furthermore, the importance of Antarctic ecosystems in sequestering carbon is only now being realised. There is a narrow window of time for governments to work together to protect the oceans so the time for action is now.”

12 major cities commit to create greener, cleaner, and better places to live

Eco city

The mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland and Cape Town have committed to a set of targets to make their cities healthier places to live, whole reducing their impacts on climate change.

The 12 city leaders, from across five continents, have pledged to only procure zero-emission buses from 2025 and to ensure that a significant area of their city is zero emission - in other words polluting traffic will be banned - by 2030. Some cities have already gone further, such as London and Barcelona, which have low-emission zones planned; and Copenhagen, which is seeking to only buy electric buses from 2019.

“Air pollution caused by petrol and diesel vehicles is killing millions of people in cities around the world. The same emissions are also causing climate change,” said Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and C40 Chair. “In Paris we are taking bold action to prioritise the streets for pedestrians and cyclists. Working with citizens, businesses and mayors of these great cities, we will create green and healthy streets for future generations to enjoy.”

New report highlights innovative social tourism policies around the world

Tourism in action

The International Social Tourism Organisation has published a report exploring how government enacted tourism policies around the world have supported local people and sustainable economic development.

The report, "Tourism in Actions - 20 Examples of Social Policies and Programs around the World" features 20 cases of social policies and schemes, from 17 countries around the world, all of which have shown proven benefits for many people as well as the local economy, have helped to train stakeholders or improve the quality of services.

Schemes include VIsit Flanders’ Holiday participation centre, which loioks to bring the benefits of tourism to families unable to afford it; Chile’s Senior Citizens Holiday Programme, which addresses seasonality in the country’s tourism programme by supporting off season holidays for senior citizens; and France’s Vacances Ouvertes, which enables young people to gain a first experience of travelling through France or Europe to foster both self esteem and a sense of European identity.
The report can be accessed online here or downloaded (for free) here.

Airbnb commits R13.5m to boost community-led tourism projects in Africa

Airbnb Logo

Sharing economy platform Airbnb has announced that it will invest $1 million through to 2020 to promote and support community-led tourism projects in Africa. The announcement follows a pilot programme providing hospitality training to residents from townships across South Africa’s Western Cape. Airbnb will now roll the programme out to 15 more township communities across South Africa, with the plan to replicate it in other African countries by 2019. 

Transformative Travel and other trends highlighted in new white paper

Trends ST

Transformative travel, greater transparency and fostering community engagement are among seven trends in sustainable travel identified by New York-based organisation Impact Travel Alliance, in recently released research conducted in collaboration with New York University’s Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism. The resulting whitepaper, “Trends and Tactics to Mainstream Sustainable Tourism: How the tourism industry can act as a force to solve the world’s most pressing issues” draws together examples of best practice from around the world, and outlines how the industry can emulate their example. “Our goal in releasing these trends and real-life examples is to help other members of the travel industry adapt their operations and give them ideas on how to transform their businesses,” Impact Travel Alliance Executive Director Kelley Louise said. “The opportunity for the tourism industry to have a major impact on economic/job growth, environmental sustainability and other major issues is very real.”

Written and edited by Jeremy Smith

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