Save water on tourism day

tourism day – Maldives will be the lead host for World Tourism Day celebrations, 27 September, that have adopted a theme of  “tourism and water.”

Maldives prospers entirely from marine based tourism and its government faces the long-term threat of global warming that causes sea levels to rise.

UNWTO promotes the day as a “worldwide platform to underscore tourism´s responsibility and commitment in ensuring a sustainable future.” This year the focus is on water and practically the threat to low-lying island destinations where rising sea levels are already a discernible threat to the economy.

In a special message for WTD 2013, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said: “This year’s World Tourism Day highlights the responsibility of the tourism industry to safeguard and intelligently manage water.”

“In this International Year of Water Cooperation, I urge tourism establishments to cut consumption and improve waste management and I call on individuals to play their part by making environmentally conscious choices when they travel.”

“World Tourism Day offers an opportunity to shine a spotlight on water both as an asset and as a resource and on the actions needed to face up to the water challenge,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. “I urge all those involved in the tourism sector to join our global World Tourism Day campaign and continue to devise innovate solutions to ensuring tourism contributes to sustainable access to water resources worldwide,” he added.

Leading tourism companies, such as TUI, are concerned about their sustainable tourism rating to the point they are monitoring water consumption at partner hotels and ranking them in their systems to indicate how they conserve water and electricity use.

As part of the WTD celebrations in the Maldives, a high-level Think Tank on Tourism and Water will bring together public and private sector tourism stakeholders, leading experts on water preservation and media experts to debate key issues encompassing the global water challenge.

UNWTO invites all to participate and share their events and follow the official WTD celebrations online:

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