It is not just the green environmental agenda. There is a host of ways in which technology can assist us in reducing our sector’s use of resources and greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to climate change, managing overtourism, securing visitor payback, facilitating access for the differently abled, encouraging local spending on food, handicrafts and art, encouraging respectful cultural interaction and making authentic story telling available creating more enjoyable experiences for visitors and paperless self-guided walks. .
WTM’s first panel discussion on Responsible Technology for Travel & Tourism took place in May in Dubai. It is well worth a listen.
The Expo 2020 in Dubai delayed because of Covid opens on October 1st and runs to 31 March. The website carries a great deal of information about sustainability and the technology which can assist us in achieving it, if we take responsibility. The Hammour House enables you to explore coral reefs, the Czech Pavilion shows how water can be extracted from the air to water the desert, the Germany Pavilion has creative environmental ideas, the Netherlands Pavilion and the Terra- the Sustainability Pavilion contains a wealth of examples of how technology can contribute to our living sustainably on Earth.
Dina Storey, Director – Sustainability Operations, Dubai Expo talks about the Sustainable Technology at the Expo
And Dina talks about the key sustainability achievements
WTM is launching a Platform for Change at the beginning of June, it will include Responsible Technology of Travel and Tourism. There are many examples here of how technology can be harnessed to achieve Responsible Tourism aspirations.
Glynn O’Leary explains why his company enters the Responsible Tourism Awards
Nominations for the Responsible Tourism Awards are now open, and this time they’re global. They’re free to enter, and the deadline is August 31st 2021. Categories:
- Decarbonising Travel & Tourism,
- Sustaining Employees and Communities through the Pandemic,
- Destinations Building Back Better Post-COVID,
- Increasing Diversity in Tourism: How inclusive is our industry?
- Reducing Plastic Waste in the Environment and
- Growing the Local Economic Benefit.
Each year we shall have at least one awards category focused technology – this year we have two: decarbonising travel & tourism and reducing plastic waste