Covid-19 has exacted massive damage to world economies as well as the travel and tourism industry, but it is just one of many alarms Nature has sounded, from wildfires and droughts to hurricanes and floods, to retaliate against mankind’s excessive takings from planet Earth.
Conservationists are emphasising that it is in the travel and tourism industry’s interest to protect the environment – the beauty of which is their income generator.
The good news is, some businesses in the industry are already working towards positive change. They include World Wildlife Fund’s collaborations with organisations such as Ctrip, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Hilton Worldwide, and Intrepid Group; Everland’s work with Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Cambodia where community-based Jahoo Gibbon Camp brings in tourism dollars to improve the lives of natives; and Cardamom Tented Camp, a three-way initiative between The Minor Group, YAANA Ventures and Wildlife Alliance to fight against land and wildlife loss in Cambodia’s Botum Sakor National Park.
In this fifth article by TTG Asia Media for PATA Crisis Resource Center, TTG Asia‘s Pamela Chow and Karen Yue find out why continued environmental degradation is devastating for the world’s travel and tourism industry, what has been done to reverse the damage, and what more is needed.
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