Staged annually in London, World Travel Market is a four-day business-to-business event for the travel and tourism industry, presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to international travel professionals, and a unique networking opportunity for industry professionals. We will be attending the WTM London (November 4-7, 2013) and WTM World Responsible Tourism Day (Wednesday, November 6, 2013).
Responsible Tourism Day: Promoting New Ways of Thinking
The WTM World Responsible Tourism Day events will feature inspiring stories and share innovative ideas. Here are some of the themes and topics that will be highlighted at WTM World Responsible Tourism Day events:
Employment in Travel and Tourism
Many outside the industry dismiss tourism jobs as low paid casual labour and part of the candy floss economy. Our panel will address the challenges the industry faces, pointing both to some of the reality of low pay and low status, and the opportunities for progression in an industry with low barriers to entry. What can be done to improve working conditions and pay? And how do we communicate the opportunities which make a career in the industry something which more young people should value. (Employment in Travel and Tourism: the Responsible Tourism Agenda – November 5, 2013, 10:30 – 11:30)
Climate Change and Tourism
In 2008 the European Union decided to include aviation in its Emissions Trading System from 2012 and then in November 2012 deferred the requirement for airlines to surrender emission allowances for flights into and out of Europe until after the 2013 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) General Assembly in September 2013. The price of carbon in the EU subsequently hit record lows due to an oversupply of credits and the number available has been reduced. WTM has invited three leaders in the travel and tourism industry to join a round table discussion with Stephen Sackur of Hard Talk fame to discuss, in the wake of the 2013 ICAO decision how the industry can best address the challenges of climate change. How can it adjust to changes in climate taking place around the world? How can it make a significant contribution to reducing carbon pollution? (WTM Responsible Tourism Round Table on Travel & Tourism and Carbon Pollution – November 6, 2013, 10:30 – 11:30)
Reducing Water Consumption
The United Nations have declared 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation arguing that water resource management is crucial as it impacts on almost all aspects of our lives, especially health, food production, water supply and sanitation. This year WTMWRTD wants to address the questions around the travel and tourism industry’s contribution to the problem and its solution. Motion: “This house believes that the tourism industry will not do enough to achieve appropriate reductions in water usage without regulation by national governments.” (Debate: Is the tourism industry doing enough to reduce its water consumption? – November 6, 2013, 14:30 – 16:00)
Protecting Natural and Cultural Heritage
It has long been recognised that tourism contributes to the maintenance of our world’s natural and cultural heritage. This panel focuses on what tourism revenues contribute to the conservation of the heritage and to the local communities who live in or near the sites and whose heritage it is. How much is tourism putting back into conservation and the communities who live in or near the sites? (Responsible Tourism & Heritage: what is the economic contribution? – November 7, 2013, 12:00- 13:00)
Are you attending WTM London and WTM World Responsible Tourism Day? We look forward to connecting with you!
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