How Global Tourism Can Become More Sustainable, Inclusive and Resilient

Tourism was one of the sectors hit hardest by the global pandemic. Year 2020 was the worst year on record for international travel due to the global pandemic, with countries taking decisive action to protect their citizens, closing borders and halting international travel. The result was a 74 percent decline in …

Make Charles Darwin Proud: Save the Galapagos From Your Living Room

The Galapagos Islands, off the west coast of Ecuador, are among the most important bastions of nature on our planet. The diversity of life here–hammerhead sharks, Galapagos penguins and blue-footed boobies among them–prompted Charles Darwin 150 years ago to craft his theory on the origin and evolution of species. It …

One Voice – Accelerating the Sustainability Agenda

We are proud to present One Voice – Towards a Brighter Future. With an introduction by WTTC’s President & CEO, Gloria Guevara followed by a discussion moderated by BBC’s Ros Atkins featuring UNFCCC’s Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and Darrell Wade, WTTC’s Vice-Chair of Sustainability, Accelerating the Sustainability Agenda is the …

Tourism Brings Us Together and Travel Restrictions Keep Us Apart

More importantly, restrictions on travel also prevent tourism from delivering on its potential to build a better future for all. This week the United Nations Secretary-General launched the Policy Brief “COVID-19 and Transforming Tourism”, which UNWTO assumed the lead role in producing. This landmark report makes clear what is at …

Beyond Tourism – Investing in Local Communities to Protect Africa’s Wild Spaces

For ten years, Dixon Parmuya has guided tourists on bush walks around Amboseli National Park in Southern Kenya. But since COVID-19 swept through Kenya in mid-March, the country’s tourism industry has dwindled, leaving many locals without jobs and animals without protection. The coronavirus pandemic is creating what experts are calling …

What COVID-19 Means for Ecotourism

For decades, ecotourism has helped to conserve nature and protect endangered species. COVID-19 and the subsequent closure of ecotourism sites has had an indelible impact on wildlife and the communities that protect it. Johannes Refisch is a United Nations Programme Manager and Coordinator, who oversees the Great Apes Survival Partnership. …