Session 2.2. Sustainable tourism for greener cities

In collaboration with the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Tourism represents 10% of the world’s GDP, 7% of global exports, and 1 in every 11 jobs worldwide. Yet, tourism has a strong environmental footprint. Tourism industry accounts for 5% of global CO2 emissions, of which 40% derive from air transport and 20% from hotels and other types of accommodation. Moving towards a 'green' and low-carbon tourism industry is fundamental for a competitive and sustainable tourism sector in the European Union.

This session will demonstrate the contribution and added value of the tourism sector to Circular Economy and the priorities outlined under the New Industrial Policy Strategy adopted in September 2017. The discussion will address some of the key sustainability challenges of the European tourism sector and will present innovative initiatives or measures implemented by the destinations/cities and the industry to minimise tourism impact on the environment. How to ensure the right conditions for an equitable development of EU cities and regions, in respect of needs of local communities, what are the best practices and lessons-learned, and which are the challenges for the future for policy makers and the industry, are some of the questions that will be tackled

Michaela Reitterer, President of the Austrian Hotel Association, Founder of SleepGreenHotels and owner of Boutiquehotel Stadthalle
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 09:30 to 11:00