New York, NY, United States, September 19, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Travel & Tourism Council presents its first in a series of Travel & Tourism focused virtual events next week, kicking off with “One Voice – Accelerating the Sustainability Agenda” in the context of Climate Week NY.
Last year, during the same week WTTC held its first Climate and Environmental Action Forum where the sector launched its ambition to Climate Neutrality by 2050.
The “One Voice – Towards a Brighter Future” series of events, is designed to shed light on the devastating impact COVID-19 is having on the Travel & Tourism sector, and how an internationally coordinated approach, is vital in order to lead us on the road to recovery.
With an introduction by Gloria Guevara, WTTC’s President & CEO, the discussion will be moderated by BBC’s Ros Atkins and will feature UNFCCC’s Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, and Darrell Wade, WTTC’s Vice-Chair of Sustainability.
Focussing on the theme “Sustainable Travel & Tourism”, this webinar is part of The Climate Week NYC official events program.
Together, the panel will discuss how we can be more responsible stewards and work together to take action to address climate change, as well as how this topic has been accelerated in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While Travel & Tourism has made great progress, we must move further and faster, working together to take meaningful action to address the threats that climate change poses to the sector and to the world. The webinar will consider the sector’s steps and achievements, what more can be done, and how we can come together to change and stimulate new traveller behaviours.
Gloria Guevara said: “We are delighted to be ushering in our new virtual events series with this critical topic surrounding sustainability and the future of Travel & Tourism. We are grateful to Darrell Wade, Ros Atkins and Patricia Espinosa for coming together to help make this event a possibility.
“This is a critical time for our sector, with 197 million jobs supported by Travel & Tourism have been put at risk, and it is clear that we must adapt to the new normal if we wish to continue to see a thriving Travel & Tourism sector.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on Travel & Tourism, but now there is also a chance for our sector to lead the way forward towards a more sustainable and inclusive future.”