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TTC Special: Responsible tourists are needed

TTC Special: Responsible tourists are needed

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By Frank Martin

More than 1,500,000,000 tourists travel the world every year, an excellent figure for the coffers of the global tourism industry, but worrying news for nature.

The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) has asked travelers to “reprimand” their habits by going around the world to help the environment.

The international organization has launched a campaign entitled “Transforming the way the world travels”.

“Responsible travel requires responsible travel options and education,” says the entity on its digital page.

Crest suggests that “an entrepreneur in the precious places of our world, or a teacher who would like to instill in his students the importance of traveling responsibly throughout the world, their cultures and economies,” are there to help.

These responsible people can be representatives of a destination or a tourism company that wants to move forward in a sustainable way.

Such “responsible tourism” would be alarmed by millions of trips on the planet of tourists around the world that increased in 2018 by 6% compared to the previous year.

For 2019, the figure is increasing, according to forecasts.

With such a large number of travelers from one place to another, the environment will have an increasing impact.

Crest asks for “climate justice” and although he doesn’t ask for “cuts” that would probably be impossible to achieve, the organization asks them to adapt their behavior.

The entity has some suggestions.

Crest proposes changing shopping habits and the intensity that some show in vistis to destinations which sometimes have fragile economies and need a more comprehensive development.

Tourism is responsible for five percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, emissions that, according to estimates, could increase by 130 percent by 2035.

International specialists ask tourism companies to inform their clients about problems they can help to alleviate in tourism destinations.