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Zero Carbon Resorts for Sustainable Development of the Tourism Sector in the Philippines and Thailand Project
As with developing countries all over the world, Thailand and the Philippines face a particular vulnerability and fragility in their natural, economic and social environments, highlighting the critical need to enable innovative systems and sustainable actions in their tourism sector to promote long-term, sustainable growth.
Launched by the Center for Appropriate Technology from Austria (GrAT), ‘Zero Carbon Resorts for Sustainable Tourism project’ targets 1,000 stakeholders in the Philippines and 300 in Thailand, composed of micro, small and medium-sized tourism enterprises that include hotels, resorts, and any form of accommodation, as well as related tourism establishments such as restaurants and dive shops. Other beneficiaries include local resort and hotel associations, tourism agencies and tour operators, public institutions, central and local government, construction companies, financial institutions and national funding agencies, among others.
Coastal tourism in the Baltic Sea in particular is largely dependent on natural resources, which are one of the most attractive tourism assets of the region. As tourism development grows in the Baltic Sea region, the demand for energy, waste treatment and use of resources has been on the rise, calling for innovative solutions to mitigate the sector’s environmental impact and decrease pressure on water, energy, and food resources. Against this backdrop, the “Circular economy tools to support innovation in green and blue tourism small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)” or CIRTOINNO project was launched. The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund within the interregional South Baltic Programme 2014- 2020, with the Pomerania Development Agency of Poland, as the Lead Partner.
In 2013, The Travel Foundation facilitated the creation of a multi-stakeholder platform – Sal Destination Council, which has brought together senior staff from public, private and third sectors to meet quarterly and discuss issues associated with tourism, exchange experience, and develop solutions.
The Long Run is a community of like-minded, innovative people committed to leveraging the power of their business for the health of the planet and the well-being of people. Fellow Members of The Long Run own, directly manage or significantly influence the management of a natural area of conservation value whilst Affiliate Members represent individuals or organisations who ethos is aligned with The Long Run’s vision and mission. Each member of The Long Run submits annual progress reports on their strategic plan to achieve sustainability in their context
As it is sometimes difficult to know what the best travel choices are or understand how a traveler can make a difference, Sustainable Travel International have set out to help travelers by creating the Travel Better Club, a community of passionate globetrotters, curious culture seekers, and bold adventurers all committed to making a difference by traveling better.