Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan: Seminar on Tourism and Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan: Seminar on Tourism and Sustainable Energy

Efforts urged to raise awareness about energy efficiency in tourism sector

Pakistan sustainable energyIslamabad, Pakistan, 12 October 2012 - A seminar on Tourism and Sustainable Energy was jointly organized by Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan (STFP), Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation, Pakistan Association of Tour Operators and CDA Tourism Wing at local Margall Hotel, Islamabad on 8th October 2012. This seminar was part of various events organized to celebrate World Tourism Day 2012, celebrated all over the world under the auspicious of UN World Tourism Organization.

 

The seminar was presided by Mir Shahjahan Khetran, Managing Director of PTDC. This year's theme of world tourism day aims to highlight tourism's role in a brighter energy future; a future in which the world’s entire population has access to modern, efficient and affordable energy services.

 

Aftab Rana, President of STFP, in his keynote presentation on Tourism and Sustainable Energy noted that tourism is one of the world's largest economic sectors and it is also one of the largest in terms of energy consumption in hotels, restaurants, land and air travel, tour operation and other allied departments. He said celebration of this day is important in raising awareness among the concerned stakeholders in improving energy efficiency and adopting the use of renewable energy technologies in tourism sector.

 

He also informed that Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan (STFP) is introducing an energy efficiency tool kit to educate small, medium and large tourism and hotel enterprises to adopt easy to manage best practices in reducing the energy consumption. He said by doing this we will not only save already scarce electricity and fossil fuels but it will also reduce stress on our natural environment and it will practically contribute for dealing with the issue of climate change and reducing the emission of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere.

 

   

Mr. Amjad Ayub, President of PATO in his presentation highlighted the role of public private partnership for the revival of tourism in Pakistan. He said Pakistani tourism industry is passing through the most critical phase after the incident of 9/11. Foreign tourism is almost at its rock bottom and even many domestic tourists are not willing to travel to tourist places due to deteriorating law and order conditions. He requested all the stakeholders to join hands to work for the revival of tourism in Pakistan.

 

Mir Shahjahan said that tourism today is the forefront of some of the world’s most ambitious and innovative clean energy users. He said that there is great need to promote the concepts of energy conservation in the Pakistan’s tourism industry. He appreciated the efforts of Sustainable Tourism Foundation to promote best practices of eco-friendly tourism in the country. He also stressed upon the need to organize more such events so that more and    more people of tourism industry could know about the importance of energy conservation and efficient use of energy in day to day operation of their businesses.

 

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Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan (STFP)
Email: stfpak[at]gmail.com
Phone: 0092-51-2612448

 

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