The number of tourists travelling across borders is expected to reach 1.8 billion a year by 2030, according to the latest UNWTO predictions. This will be alongside a further 15.6 billion domestic tourist arrivals. Such growth will bring many opportunities, including socio-economic development and job creation. At the same time, however, greenhouse gas emissions linked to tourism are also rising.
UNWTO is committed to accelerate progress towards low carbon tourism development and the contribution of the sector to international climate goals.
According to UNWTO/ITF latest research , in 2016 transport-related emissions from tourism contributed to 5% of all man-made emissions and are to increase to 5.3 % by 2030 against a current ambition scenario. The projected increase represents 25% growth, from 1,597 million tonnes of transport-related CO2 attributable to tourism in 2016 to 1,998 million tonnes in 2030.
In view of these findings, it is urgent for the tourism sector to define a “high ambition scenario” that would allow the sector to transform and advance towards significantly decoupling growth from emissions, in order to ensure its contribution to the Paris Agreement and SDG13 on Climate Action.