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PATA calls for Member Action Ahead of Copenhagen Summit

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 PATA CEO, Greg Duffell, is asking all association members to lobby their government representatives in advance of next weeks COP15 climate change summit in Copenhagen.

The travel and tourism industry must speak with one voice in this important issue. We must acknowledge our environmental and social responsibilities, commit to sustainable practices and support every practical measure that seeks to reduce carbon emissions, said Greg Duffell. But we also expect the government ministers attending the Copenhagen conference to treat travel and tourism as an equitable partner in this process.

Our industry does recognise the importance of contributing to the debate and, more importantly, turning words into meaningful, decisive actions. We continue to work closely with the World Travel & Tourism Council and the United Nations World Tourism Organization in this field, Mr Duffell added.

PATA supports the call for a standardised process of carbon calculation for each sector of travel and tourism and continues to monitor destinations at most risk from the effects of climate change.

I encourage all members to make use of the opportunities to contribute valid and pertinent comments via the conference website and the COP15 social media channels such as facebook and twitter. And its important that we involve employees at every level - this is not an issue for the boardroom alone, concludes Greg Duffell.

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