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The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) held a joint side event during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December, 2009. Here, Travel Trade Weekly brings you comments from tourism figures around the world.

Predrag Nenezić Minister of Tourism of Montenegro “In Montenegro, we believe that we must test and measure everything we do in tourism against its impact on the environment. This commitment is reflected in the very constitution of our nation, in our National Sustainable Tourism Strategy, in our tourism laws, building design regulations and emission limiting initiatives. But we must all translate these requirements into action every single day, because climate change knows no borders, sees no political boundaries. To do any less is to violate our responsibility as stewards of our land for our children, and our children’s children. Our commitment, simply put, must be complete and unwavering.”

Mari Snyder Vice President Social Responsibility and Community Engagement, Marriott International “At Marriott International, we agree that cutting greenhouse gas emissions is a major challenge, not only for governments, but for individuals and businesses too. We have set aggressive energy and waste reduction goals, are partnering to build sustainable hotels, and have invested in saving more than one million acres of rainforest in Brazil.  We will continue to do our part by working with our stakeholders, NGOs and governments to ensure a sustainable future for travel and tourism.”

Thomas Brühl

Jonathon Counsell

CEO, VisitSweden “The tourism industry must have as little environmental impact as possible, so that we can feel good about what we leave to the next generation. VisitSweden will encourage and inspire foreign visitors to travel responsibly and motivate the Swedish tourism industry to develop more environmentally sustainable experiences in Sweden.”

Head of Environment, British Airways “Copenhagen is a unique opportunity for a breakthrough on reducing aviation’s global impact on climate change. Our industry is united in calling for an ambitious deal in Copenhagen, which must include robust targets for reducing emissions.”

Travel Talk is your space – this is a casual forum for travel industry professionals to discuss current issues and share stories. We want to hear from you, so send your comments, questions, frustrations and observations to editorial@traveltradeweekly.travel JANUARY 2, 2010

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Travel Trade Weekly Issue 8  

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