Tourism and Climate Change

A new report assesses the current situation regarding tourism and climate change, reviews existing national and international policies, and makes recommendations on priority areas for further action. Following a survey of OECD countries, the report found that policies on climate change mitigation were still in their infancy, with ambitious pledges of emissions reductions but a fundamental lack of “serious” tourism climate policy. Only one-third of the countries studied had identified tourism-related strategies and only five out of 44 had implemented any policies (apart from the EU ETS). None had implemented the comprehensive measures which the OECD recommends in this report. Climate Change and Tourism Policy in OECD Countries is a joint publication of the Organisation for Economic Development and the United Nations Environment Program; the lead author of the report is Stefan Gossling of the Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism, Western Norway Research Institute. The full report is available at:

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