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Some gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, trap heat in the atmosphere, producing a “greenhouse effect,” and so make the planet warmer. The amount of greenhouse gases released by a particular activity is referred to as its “carbon footprint.”
The increasing carbon footprint of global tourism between 2009 and 2013 represents a 3% annual growth in emissions, according to University of Sydney researchers.
Their paper was published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Overall, the US tops the carbon footprint ranking, followed by China, Germany and India, Malik and her colleagues estimate. Domestic travel, which includes business travel, makes up a majority of the carbon footprints for each of these countries.
Read the full article here.
By Susan Scutti for CNN.
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PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2018 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates is happening as we speak.

The PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2018 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates is happening as we speak. With Aloft Al Ain and Ayla Hotels & Resorts Al Ain as the Official Hotels during the three-day event, being a responsible guest is easy. Here is how:

Join Aloft Al Ain’s “Make a green choice” program by declining daily service, including replenishment of bed linen and unused towels. You will contribute towards the reduction of water waste created by doing unnecessary laundry. Door hanging cards are available in each guest room, and if you wish to participate, you simply hang the card outside your door.

If you are looking for the most important information you need to know about the destination, its culture, dress code and more, we have compiled a “Quick Facts” list for you here.

Further, here are some more easy ways to be a greener hotel guest – not only when you are on a business trip or visiting a trade show or event but also when you’re on holiday.

As always when traveling, refer to PATA’s Responsible Business Travel Guidelines for ways to reduce your footprint while making a meaningful impact during and after your travels.

Enjoy your stay in Al Ain while meeting face-to-face with adventure product buyers and sellers from across the world and exploring the nuances, trends and dynamics of one of the fastest-growing tourism sectors!

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While you may not have control over choosing the destination for your next business trip it’s possible to make your stay more responsible.

Start with checking the Arcadis Sustainable Cities index and the destination’s website for sustainability features. Tourism Vancouver, for example, has a section on its site dedicated to sustainable tourism. Many cities offer a variety of green initiatives such as themed weeks, mini festivals and food recycling.

If you are attending a MICE event, be sure to ask your event organiser some pertinent questions about the event, such as:

  • Does the event have a sustainability policy?
  • Have you communicated the sustainability commitment to stakeholders?
  • Is the event environmentally certified?
  • What types of environmental practices are in place?

 

Look for ways to incorporate local traditional culture into meetings and conventions (example of Kyoto Culture for meetings Subsidy). Engage and support local communities by visiting farmers markets and restaurants that use locally grown products.

If you plan to explore the destination on a guided tour, ask your tour operator or guide to give details of established environmental guidelines that minimise the impact of tourists upon the environment, culture and community.

Remember to be respectful of the destination and its natural resources by always recycling waste or disposing of it responsibly. Some smart destinations even offer apps to report litter to improve the urban environment. You may also want to find out which buildings have received USGBC’s LEED certification. Exploring such listed buildings at your destination can reveal some interesting tips.

When getting around at the destination, the journey matters. Check with your accommodation or meeting organiser for shuttle bus services, if any, to reduce the use of taxis. Choose local public transport and shuttle services, particularly when travelling to and from the airport. Look for transport options such as cycle-sharing (example of Chicago’s Divy). If you are in a group you may also want to consider using car-sharing services such as Uber Pool.

If you feel inspired and would like your city to become a green meetings destination, check out the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s criteria for destinations and the EarthDay.org resource for Green Cities.

For more guidelines on hosting green events, check out TCEB’s Sustainable Events Guide.

Read more about being a responsible business traveller: PATA Responsible Business Travel Guidelines.

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