Border wall threatens endangered wildlife

Tucson, Arizona - 17 May 2017: President Trump’s border wall threatens 93 endangered and threatened species, including jaguars, ocelots, Mexican grey wolves and cactus ferruginous pygmy owls, according to a new study by the Center for Biological Diversity. The study also found that 25 threatened or endangered species have designated “critical habitat” on the border, including more than 2 million acres within 50 miles of the border.

2nd Global Report on Gastronomy Tourism

Madrid, Spain - 17 May 2017: A major component of history, tradition and identity, gastronomy has also become a major motivation to visit a destination. According to the 2nd UNWTO Report on Gastronomy Tourism, this tourism segment “offers enormous potential in stimulating local, regional and national economies and enhancing sustainability and inclusion”. The Report was presented in the recent 3rd UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism, held in San Sebastian, Spain in cooperation with the Basque Culinary Center.


Bonn - May 17, 2017: On the first Saturday in May, the European Association for Renewable Energy (EUROSOLAR) Delegates’ Assembly met in the EUROSOLAR head office in Bonn and passed their determined resolution on the future of energy. More than 30 delegates from ten countries got together to discuss the obstacles and opportunities of the fast and full renewable energy transition.

The breakthrough of renewable energy across the globe is accelerating, yielding employment, prosperity and justice, industrial innovation and political stability. The 2017 EUROSOLAR European Delegates Assembly calls for a rapid renewable energy transit, facing the major threats that accompany the out-dated energy market across the world.

UNWTO Report on LGBT Tourism

Madrid, Spain, 5 May 2017:  Following the success of the first edition, published in 2012, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), a UNWTO Affiliate Member, released today the second edition of the UNWTO Global Report on LGBT Tourism.

The report offers an extensive analysis of the LGBT traveller’s profile, providing useful guidance for tourism stakeholders, and destinations in particular, interested in attracting this segment. By means of introduction, the publication includes an overview of the highlights and recent global trends of LGBT tourism, along with a review of the current state of LGBT rights around the world.

Geneva, 27 April 2017: At the 17th Global Summit World Travel and Tourism Council, CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon called upon global leaders of the tourism and travel sector to join the fight against illegal wildlife trade in this special year the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

27 April 2017 (World Wetland Network): Knowledge about the status and trends of the world’s remaining wetlands is very patchy and limited. To improve this knowledge, and so as to better inform wetland policy and decision-making, a simple online worldwide questionnaire survey, using Citizen Science methods, aims to gather better knowledge on the state of wetlands. 

Brussels, Belgium - 24 April 2017: The European Cyclists' Federation is launching the first comprehensive map for cycling data in Europe. ECF gives the first-ever overview on cycling statistics for the 28 EU countries and their capitals. Starting with data on modal share, bike share and cycling tourism, the map will soon be open for public input and will call upon decision-makers to improve data collection for cycling at all levels of governance.

April 23, 2017 – Victoria, Seychelles: The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) has achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized’ status. The awarded status affirms Seychelles commitment to promoting sustainable tourism products and services.

The Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label aims to enhance the quality and sustainability of visitors’ experiences by mitigating tourism’s negative economic, environmental and social impacts on the destination and contributing to the preservation of natural and cultural treasures for the future generations of Seychelles.

Washington, DC (April 20, 2017) – The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) announces the publication of two volumes entitled Coastal Tourism, Sustainability, and Climate Change in the Caribbean. Volume I is focused on Hotels and Beaches and Volume II on Supporting Activities: Golf, Sustainable Food Sourcing, and Airlines & Airports. The volumes contain essays and case studies by 33 different experts that look at how various tourism sectors both contribute to and are impacted by climate change. The twin volumes also highlight innovative tourism businesses that are providing solutions to addressing climate change. Two additional companion volumes on marine tourism will be published shortly. These four volumes grew out of the 2015 Think Tank on Climate Change and Coastal & Marine Tourism, which CREST and the Grupo Puntacana Foundation hosted in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

by Michael Howes, Griffith University

In 1992, more than 170 countries came together at the Rio Earth Summit and agreed to pursue sustainable development, protect biological diversity, prevent dangerous interference with climate systems, and conserve forests. But, 25 years later, the natural systems on which humanity relies continue to be degraded. The Conversation