A record-breaking heat wave in the UK and Europe, terrifying wildfires, heavy flooding in South Asia and other parts of the world and the forecast for a powerful hurricane season in the US are clearly indicating the heightened urgency to tackle climate crisis.
With the impact of the tourism industry on the environment being worse than the construction sector, more than 300 global tourism companies signed the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action at the COP26 conference.
There is also a significant increase in the number of sustainability conscious travellers. According to the research, 83% of global travellers think sustainable travel is vital, with 61% saying the pandemic has made them want to travel more sustainably in the future.
A systematic approach based on the standards and regulations have proven previously to be effective in driving long-term change. With our decades of experience in the industry coupled with our sustainability experts, we are at the forefront of advising and supporting the stakeholders in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry.
Our recently launched solution of Sustainable Tourism is helping our customers identify, evaluate and reduce their carbon footprint, while demonstrating their commitment to sustainability. Read more about it at intertek.com and download our service sheet.
Since travel is becoming easier as the world opens up, the preference for a ‘green’ or a sustainable holiday is widespread among today’s tourists. The pandemic – and the heat waves in Europe - has shed light to us that what we do each day really impacts us and the world around.