PATA CEO, Greg Duffell, is asking all
association members to lobby their government representatives in
advance of next week’s 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 it’s important that we involve employees
at every level - this is not an issue for the boardroom alone,”
concludes Greg Duffell.
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