23.10.2021 – 18:30
Ministry of Tourism of Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA, March 23 / PRNewswire /
· HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Announces Multinational Multi-Stakeholder Coalition
· Sustainable Tourism Global Center will support millions of stakeholders, including SMBs, travelers, governments, academics, NGOs, and the private sector, in the transition to net zero.
The Saudi Arabian government has launched the Sustainable Tourism Global Center (STGC), a multinational, multi-stakeholder coalition that is accelerating the tourism sector’s transition to net zero emissions and promoting measures to protect nature and support communities will.
Founded today by HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Sustainable Tourism Global Center will support travelers, governments and the private sector to ensure tourism enables growth and creates jobs while doing its part to that Achieve climate goals set in the Paris Agreement, including helping to keep the world warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The global travel and tourism sector is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Saudi Arabia is therefore now prioritizing taking action to support this important sector in its net zero transition.
The Global Center will be the platform that will bring together knowledge and expertise. It aims to be the “North Star” for the tourism sector as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and makes the transition to a sustainable future. Globally, tourism supports more than 330 million livelihoods – and before the pandemic he was responsible for creating one in four new jobs worldwide.
Details of this coalition and the services it will provide will be formally announced at COP26.
HE Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister for Tourism in Saudi Arabia, said: “The tourism sector contributes 8% to global greenhouse gas emissions – and that number is expected to grow if we don’t do something about it now. Tourism is also a highly fragmented sector. 80% of tourism businesses are small and medium-sized enterprises that focus on guidance and rely on support from industry leaders. The sector needs to be part of the solution. “
Saudi Arabia is fulfilling this important mission by working with partners who prioritize SMEs in the tourism sector and the climate to create a multinational, multi-stakeholder coalition that will lead, accelerate and pursue the tourism industry’s transition to net zero emissions .
By working together and creating a strong common platform, the tourism sector will get the support it needs. The STGC will enable growth and at the same time make tourism better for the climate, nature and society.
HE Gloria Guevara, Chief Special Advisor to the Minister for Tourism said:“For years, several players in the tourism industry have been working on various initiatives to accelerate the race to zero emissions – but we are working in silos. The impact of the global pandemic on the tourism sector highlighted the critical importance of multi-country and multi-stakeholder collaboration And now Saudi Arabia is coming to the fore to bring stakeholders together and make tourism part of the solution to climate change. “
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