25th November 2022, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Responsible Tourism Society of India (RTSOI) organised a ‘CEO round table on Sustainable Tourism’ at We the Peoples Hall, UN House, 55 Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi.
The roundtable organised by MoT is in line with the National Strategy for Sustainable Tourism.
- Objective – To enhance engagement and participation of industry stakeholders in the transition of the Tourism sector towards sustainability.
- Aim: To enhance awareness of industry stakeholders on national and global priorities for sustainable tourism and share and promote best practices on sustainable tourism.
- Participants – Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) & senior-mid level representatives from the key industry groups, Ministry of Tourism, United Nations (UN) in India, UNEP, RTSOI and technical agencies and experts working on Sustainable Tourism participated in the round table.
i.It aims to enhance awareness of industry stakeholders on national and global priorities for sustainable tourism and to share and promote best practices on sustainable tourism.
ii.The round table derived at three initiatives on sustainable Tourism, which were signed by participants, for accelerating sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in tourism policies and practices,
- Travel for LiFE Pledge
- Responsible Traveller Campaign
- Global Tourism Plastics Initiative
On 13th October 2022, Under the Pro Planet People campaign, the Travel for LiFE Pledge was released on mygov.in platform to encourage people to make conscious use of tourism resources through responsible tourism practices.
iii.These initiatives would address the triple planetary crisis and also accelerate low carbon, climate resilient and green economic transformation of the tourism sector.
iv.Solutions – The sustainable transition of the tourism sector includes adoption of low-emissions technologies, optimization of resource use, reduction in operation costs, and increase in efficiency would improve environmental performance and tackle climate change.
On 4th June 2022, MoT in partnership with UNEP and RTSOI organised the National Summit on Developing Sustainable & Responsible Tourist Destinations and launched the National Strategy for Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Traveller Campaign.
- It aims to mainstream sustainability in the tourism sector and ensures resilient, inclusive, carbon neutral and resource efficient tourism while safeguarding natural and cultural resources.