Sustainability as a “New Normal” – a vision for the future of tourism

first_imgSabina Fluxà, Vice President and CEO Iberostar group, a leading international hotel and resort company, stressed the need to stay focused on creating a more responsible and fairer way of traveling, adding that Iberostar responded by integrating sustainability into increased safety protocols and further commitment to circular economy policies to ensure new waste is properly disposed of. manages. The vision of One Planet for the recovery of the tourism sector is being upgraded to the UNWTO Global Guidelines for the relaunch of tourism, with the aim of making the corona crisis stronger and more sustainable. The Long Run, is an international community of tourism companies engaged in nature-based tourism. It is any type of tourism that relies on experiences directly related to natural attractions and includes ecotourism, adventure tourism, wildlife tourism and the like. Delphine King, executive director of The Long Run community, stressed that their members, which cover about 20 million hectares of fragile ecosystems, have not stopped working despite the pandemic and pausing tourism, showing where the priorities lie. The vision of one planet for responsible recovery of the tourism sector is structured around six lines of action to guide the recovery of tourism for people, planet and prosperity, namely: public health, social inclusion, biodiversity conservation, climate action, circular economy and governance and finance. On World Environment Day, the UNWTO announced a new vision for global tourism. It is about the Program for Sustainable Tourism, which according to the announcements is better, stronger and balances the needs of people, planets and progress. Several world destinations are beginning to ease travel restrictions, and the tourism sector is preparing to continue activities with, hopefully, lessons learned after the pandemic. One Planet’s vision calls for a more responsible recovery of the sustainability-based tourism sector, to make tourism more resilient in future crises. The vision will support the development and implementation of recovery plans that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. The One Planet Sustainable Tourism Program aims to increase the impact of the tourism sector on sustainable development by 2030 by developing, promoting and reducing sustainable consumption and production practices that encourage efficient use of natural resources while generating less waste and addressing climate change and biodiversity. The “One Planet” sustainable tourism program is led by the UNWTO, with the governments of France and Spain as co-leaders and in cooperation with UNEP. About the program of sustainable tourism on one planet The private sector has committed itself to lead by example James Thornton, CEO Intrepid Travel, a leading provider of adventure travel, calls for the start of the action and emphasizes that they believe that climate action is a collective commitment to the sustainability of the entire tourism industry and the world we love to explore so much. You can find the full document at this link.last_img read more

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To cut taxes, we need to cut spending

first_imgIf the county gives more money to the towns or reduces the amount that goes to the city, where will the money come from to pay for the various services of the county and the city?Won’t one tax bill go down and the other up?Part of the solution may be the redistribution of tax revenue. But the real solution is a decrease in spending by all branches of government.We don’t have a revenue problem — we have a spending problem.Jim VincentNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIt’s interesting to read about the distribution and “fair share” of Schenectady County sales taxes. Maybe I’m missing something.last_img read more

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Office overview Middle of the road

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Social policy threat to redevelopment

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Chief executive leaves Mentmore Abbey

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Property managers reach for the top

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Thieves hit GVA Grimley in £40,000 computer heist

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REITs can mix it up with the old guard

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Japanese woman confirmed as coronavirus case for 2nd time, weeks after initial recovery

first_imgTopics : A woman working as a tour-bus guide in Japan tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time, Osaka’s prefectural government said on Wednesday, the first person in the country to do so amid growing concerns about the spread of the infection.The second positive test comes as the number of confirmed cases in Japan rose to 186 by Thursday from around 170 the day before. Tokyo has urged big gatherings and sports events be scrapped or curtailed for two weeks to contain the virus while pledging the 2020 Olympic Games will still go ahead in the city.The 186 cases reported by Japan’s health ministry are separate from 704 reported from an outbreak on a cruise liner that was quarantined off Tokyo earlier this month. A total of seven people have died, including four from the ship. The woman, a resident of Osaka in western Japan, tested positive on Wednesday after developing a sore throat and chest pains, the prefectural government said in a statement, describing her as being in her forties. She first tested positive in late January and was discharged from the hospital after recovering on Feb. 1, according to the statement.The health ministry confirmed the case was the first in Japan where a patient tested positive for coronavirus for a second time after being discharged from hospital, the Nikkei newspaper said.Though a first in Japan, cases of second positive tests have been reported in China, where the disease originated late last year. The outbreak has spread rapidly and widely, infecting about 80,000 people globally and killing nearly 2,800, the vast majority in mainland China.”Once you have the infection, it could remain dormant and with minimal symptoms, and then you can get an exacerbation if it finds its way into the lungs,” said Philip Tierno Jr., Professor of Microbiology and Pathology at NYU School of Medicine.center_img He said much remains unknown about the virus. “I’m not certain that this is not bi-phasic, like anthrax,” he said, meaning the disease appears to go away before recurring.Asked to comment on prospects for the Olympic Games going ahead in Tokyo this summer, Prof. Tierno said, “The Olympics should be postponed if this continues … There are many people who don’t understand how easy it is to spread this infection from one person to another.”Japan has changed its strategy in combating the contagion, seeking to slow its spread and minimize the number of deaths.As part of the attempt to contain the outbreak, Tokyo Olympics officials are considering scaling down the torch relay, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said on Wednesday.The government is also considering scaling back this year’s March 11 memorial ceremony for victims of 2011’s massive earthquake and tsunami, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Thursday.Meanwhile a major Japanese bank reported an employee had tested positive for coronavirus. MUFG Bank, part of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc, the country’s largest lender by assets, said a member of staff at a branch in central Aichi prefecture, had been confirmed to have the virus on Wednesday. last_img read more

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Kamala Harris backs Biden, while Jesse Jackson campaigns for Sanders

first_imgBelow is a summary of Sunday’s events. From attacker to backer Harris, who has taken Biden to task over his civil rights record, planned to campaign with him on Monday in Detroit, which has a large African-American population. “There is no one better prepared than Joe to steer our nation through these turbulent times, and restore truth, honor, and decency to the Oval Office,” said Harris, a first-term senator from California and the state’s former attorney general. One of the most talked-about moments of Harris’ campaign was her blistering attack on Biden during a June presidential debate. She called his remarks about working with segregationist senators hurtful and questioned Biden’s 1970s opposition to school busing.  Democratic presidential contenders Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders touted dueling endorsements on Sunday, with onetime Biden rival Kamala Harris supporting the former vice president, while civil rights leader Jesse Jackson campaigned for Sanders.The backing of Harris, a black US senator and former 2020 presidential candidate who clashed with Biden during the party’s early debates, could give him a boost as he and Sanders battle for voters before the next round of nominating contests in six states on Tuesday. Biden, the Democratic front-runner, campaigned in Mississippi, and the more liberal Sanders was in Michigan, both seeking the party’s nomination to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in November’s election.  Still, black voters have backed Biden overwhelmingly, propelling him to big victories in South Carolina’s Feb. 29 presidential primary and on Super Tuesday last week. They will be crucial in Michigan, where they make up almost 14% of the population and as much as 80% of some areas of Detroit. A number of Harris backers switched their support to Biden after she dropped out of the race in December. She had struggled to build support and raise money.Even before she endorsed him, Biden said he would consider Harris as a potential vice presidential running mate. Biden has received a number of high-profile endorsements from establishment Democrats and former rivals in the 2020 Democratic race, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Like Harris, they are more moderate Democrats. ‘Taste for justice’Sanders garnered his own endorsement on Sunday from the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a well-known civil rights leader, especially among older African Americans. Jackson described black Americans as those most left behind socially and economically and that the progressive path laid out by Sanders offered the best chance for them to catch up. At a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sanders introduced Jackson, 78, and said Barack Obama was able to become the first black US president in 2008 because of the achievements of Jackson, who ran for the presidency twice in the 1980s.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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