Sustainability is definitely a crucial issue for the future of our planet. And when it comes to tourism, the importance of being sustainable becomes even more evident.

Put in a nutshell, tourism represents a significant part of the global economy, according to the World Tourism Organization, in 2019 tourism accounted for 10% of global GDP and generated one in four new jobs worldwide.

Moreover, global tourism is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, but at what cost?

Tourism activity can have a negative impact on the environment, local culture and the economy of a destination. Tourism destinations often suffer from the degradation of their ecosystems and the overexploitation of natural resources, which threatens the beauty and biodiversity of these places.

In addition, increased demand for energy, water and food from tourists puts considerable pressure on local supplies and contributes to the depletion of vital resources.

Transport used for travel also generates greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change. In fact, according to data from the World Tourism Organisation, tourism is responsible for 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

For these reasons and many more, reducing the impact of the tourism sector is crucial to preserving our planet and ensuring a sustainable future. Tourism is an important industry in economic and employment terms and can have negative effects on the environment and local communities.

To mitigate these impacts, it is essential to adopt more sustainable tourism practices. This involves promoting the conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity, respecting local culture and traditions, and encouraging responsible use of natural resources.

Each of us, as traveller, has an important role to play in this transition towards a more sustainable tourism. By choosing tourism destinations and services that are respectful of the environment and local communities, we can contribute to preserving the beauty and diversity of the places we visit.

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