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Sound environmental management of tourism facilities and especially hotels (water and energy saving measures, waste minimization, use of environmentally friendly material, etc.) can decrease the environmental impact of tourism. Planning helps to make choices between the conflicting interests of industry and tourism, in order to find ways to make them compatible. By planning tourism development at an early stage, damages and expensive mistakes can be prevented, thereby avoiding the gradual deterioration of environmental assets significant to tourism.



Alternative employment

Tourism can provide alternative employment to development scenarios that may have greater environmental impacts.

See the Väinameri project - Estonia case study


Did you know?

  • During the Pandemic (H1N1) in 2009 no measures to restrict travel were recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). As scientific evidence shows, limiting travel would have been highly disruptive to the global community and would have had very little effect on stopping the spread of the virus
  • UNWTO is a part of Tourism Emergency Response Network (TERN), whish links up leading tourism  associations in times of crises.