Climate Change and Tourism

Climate Change and Tourism

Research and Case Studies

Nature Tour Operators’ Attitudes and Actions Concerning Travel Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Nature Tour Operators’ Attitudes and Actions Concerning Travel Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions


Based on website analysis and a survey of tour operators who belong to TIES, Sustainable Tourism International and/or the Adventure Travel Trade Association, this study examines tour operators' attitudes and actions around travel-related greenhouse gas emissions.


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Transportation Guidelines

Sustainable Transportation Guidelines for Nature-Based Tour Operators


The draft guidelines resulted from the 6-month research project undertaken by TIES, in collaboration with the University of Eberswalde (Germany) and the Center on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development at Stanford University, as part of a broader TIES advocacy campaign on climate change.


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Tourism in the Polar Region

Tourism in the Polar Regions: The Sustainability Challenge

Produced by TIES and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), this publication describes the key features of tourism's multiple roles in the Polar regions, and proposes an agenda for sustainable tourism development to conserve the unique wilderness areas.


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Latest News and Articles on Climate Change and Tourism

To continue with TIES’ weekly discussion articles on current issues, challenges and opportunities related to ecotourism, this week’s focus – as we follow the second week of the UN Climate Change Conference in Qatar - is on carbon offsetting. Do you think carbon offsetting is just another tool for greenwashing? Is carbon offsetting an effective approach for tourism businesses and destinations to mitigate their climate impact? What are you doing to offset your carbon emissions? Head over to TIES-EXCHANGE to add your comments and ideas related to this topic! (Member...
  Every week, the TIES team will publish a discussion article focusing on current issues, challenges and opportunities related to ecotourism, which will hopefully inspire comments, actions, and lively discussions from our members. This week, we are excited to introduce our first issue: climate change and tourism’s role in promoting climate action. What do you think about the relationship between climate change and the tourism industry? Do you know any best practice examples of tourism organizations or leaders implementing carbon mitigation practices? Do you have your...
Tour Operators' Initiative for Sustainable Tourism Development Supports Efforts Towards a Globally Agreed Framework for the Reduction of GHG Emissions From Aviation   The Tour Operators' Initiative for Sustainable Tourism Development (TOI), whose members represent more than 50 million leisure travellers a year, is supportive of efforts in favor of a global, multilaterally-agreed framework for the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions from aviation that would mirror the global nature of travel and tourism, with all jurisdictions working hand-in-hand.  ...
  By Megan Epler Wood   A battle to curb the impacts of aviation on our global climate was won on December 21, 2011. On that day, the European Union's highest court rejected all legal efforts to omit a group of American airlines from the emissions trading scheme in European air space. This decision should be supported by environmentally concerned travelers and the travel industry worldwide.   The international travel and tourism industry has done a great deal in the last 20 years to promote more sustainable practices and better environmental management. But...
Climate-Friendly Tour Operators What does it mean for a tour operator to be "carbon-neutral"? Can a company really be carbon-neutral, or even carbon-positive? Climate change is undoubtedly among the most important challenges facing our world today, and the tourism industry is a major contributor of carbon emissions. What can be done to address this challenge in a practical way?   Here are just a few examples of TIES members who incorporate carbon management policies, carbon offset options, and climate-friendly practices into their tour operations, as well as their...
By Shams Uddin, Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT)   Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT), in partnership with Destination Management Organization (DMO) of Chitral, celebrated the International Day of Climate Change Action (October 10, 2010 - 10/10/10), which was initiated by, was celebrated in Booni, Chitral (Northern Pakistan), through the facilitation of and The theme of the day was "Breaking of Booni Glacier, Its Relation to Climate Change."   As many as 500 people from different walks of life...
By Shams Uddin, Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT)   Booni is a village 80 kilometers to the north of Chitral town. Just like the rest of the villages in the Hindu Kush region, Booni is a fan-shaped landmass formed by glacial deposit at the mouth of what is called 'Booni Gol' or the stream of Booni, which cultivates the tracts of crops, vegetables, fruit bearing apple, pear and grape trees, and so on. On the afternoon of July 26th, 2010, a huge flash flood that originated from Booni Zom glacier smashed road networks, telephone and water supply lines,...
Peace with Nature "Resources that accumulated over eons of geological time are being consumed in a single human lifespan. We are crossing natural thresholds that we cannot see and violating deadlines we do not recognize. These deadlines determined by nature are not politically negotiable." - Lester Brown, President, World Policy Institute   The Initiative "Peace with Nature," which gives birth to the National Strategy for Climate Change, and which plans to convert Costa Rica in a carbon neutral country by the year 2021, asks for great changes and reveals big...
TIES Partners with ITB-Berlin to Host Special Workshop on Traveling with Climate in Mind   WASHINGTON, DC, February 27, 2008—The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), as part of its ongoing advocacy campaign "Traveling with Climate in Mind," proudly supports the upcoming workshop on tourism and climate change, to be held at the International Tourism Exchange (ITB) in Berlin, Germany, on Friday, March 7 from 10am-1pm.   There is now broad consensus that tourism is both affected by, and contributing to global warming. However, there is considerable debate...
Traveling with Climate in Mind Workshop International Tourism Exchange (ITB), Berlin 2008 Friday, March 7, 10:00 - 13:00, ICC Room 15/16 Moderator: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas, University of Eberswalde   Introduction (10:00 – 10:25 a.m.) Dr. Dietrich Brockhagen: atmosfair (Germany) – Impacts of aviation on the global climate and standards for carbon-offsetting Part I: Climate-friendly options for tour operators (10:25 - 11:20 a.m.) Hans-Peter Christoph: Avanti Busreisen (Germany) – Energy efficiency and ground transportation Nari Blackett:...


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