Speaking in Johannesburg at the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism Symposium, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, ICTP President and Vice Chairman Alain St.Ange, Minister of Tourism of Seychelles called for increased collaboration to advance Green Growth inside and outside the sector.
In a wide ranging speech in which he said that climate change was the true global existentialist war, Lipman called for action to measure and promote the impacts of Travelism (The Travel & Tourism value chain) in the same way as the benefits have been measured and promoted over the past twenty years.
He called for a new realism to develop and promote figures, as well as to encourage action on low carbon energy, social inclusion, conservation and education.
Lipman also discussed the “SUN Project” designed to identify major Green Growth trends and innovations, with dedicated global centres, university monitoring, cloud connectivity and community capacity building to embed sustainable development.
Minister St.Ange noted the great importance of culture and tradition in the search for Green Growth, as well as the fact that small island states are in the frontline of the global battle. He said that the Vanilla Islands of the Indian Ocean, were determined to get the right balance of green and growth and to capitalise on their long-standing symbiotic links between people and nature, while increasing jobs and well being along sustainable lines.
They confirmed that ICTP would be working closely with the Vanilla Islands to strengthen and advance green growth collaboration, as a global model.
Source: eTN Global Travel Industry News