In an interview with ABC MUNDIAL, the president and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council, Julia Simpson, pointed out at the Sustainability and Investment Summit that the WTTC carried out in Puerto Rico that "we are recognizing in this conference that we have to reach the net zero but also that our tourist activity does not harm our planet"
During the Sustainability and Investment Summit that the WTTC carried out in Puerto Rico, we spoke with Julia Simpson, president and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council.
"We have to thank God that after the pandemic the world of tourism is recovering. People want to travel, it's in their bones, in their blood and they look for it," says Simpson. "The most important thing is that people have changed because now they seek to enjoy nature and their planet."
"The reason we are holding this conference is sustainability, which is a critical issue when it comes to recovery.
The tourist now wants to travel in a friendly way with the planet and it is not only about carbon and the effect of carbon, but it is also about our seas and how we treat the world. Because if people want to go to a beach and we find sea levels rising, that means the destruction and disappearance of beautiful places."
"We are the custodians of the planet and the beauties that we have. We are recognizing in this conference that we have to reach net zero but also that our tourist activity does not harm our planet," says Julia Simpson.
The "net zero" goal is to cut greenhouse gas emissions to as close to zero emissions as possible.
"That would be a main objective but it must also be said that we can grow. For example in the Caribbean, which is where we are now, they can grow in the next 10 years more than US $ 100 billion by 2032. This would create 1.3 million of new jobs for a total of 3.8 million people employed by our sector".
"But to achieve a long-term sustained recovery, governments need to work together to work on connectivity, sustainable infrastructure and attract investment by cutting red tape and taxes."
Tourism is going to have GDP growth above the growth of the economy in general and that is very important overall.
To achieve this, the world tourism body says that stronger collaboration across the Caribbean region, investment in infrastructure, better air connectivity and investment in the workforce will be critical as the Caribbean competes with other parts of the world.
Collaboration with the private sector along with tourism industry organizations such as the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and other local associations will also be key to achieving this long-term growth.
The report also indicates how sustainability and nature protection are also key elements that will improve resilience for the future and speed recovery.
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