Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development


Tourism today is at the forefront of some of the world’s most ambitious and innovative clean energy solutions: the aviation industry is implementing cutting-edge technologies to make aircraft lighter than ever before; commercial flights are beginning to use biofuels in their fuel mix; key card systems and energy saving light bulbs are increasingly being implemented in hotel rooms worldwide; and tour operators are asking for energy efficiency throughout their supply chains.   

The 2012 theme for World Tourism Day is ‘Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development’. As the most widely celebrated global day for tourism, it represents a unique opportunity to highlight the steps taken so far by the international tourism community to power sustainable development.

The theme is also an opportunity to ensure international tourism continues to play a role in tackling the major energy challenges of our time, being addressed by the 2012 United Nations International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

Clean energy solutions in tourism are bringing the sector’s carbon emissions down, protecting local environments and communities, carrying modern energy services to the world’s poor, cutting costs for businesses and creating jobs and economic opportunities. But more must be done. With one billion international tourists expected to travel in a single year in 2012, now is the time to commit to a more sustainable tourism sector and a sustainable future for all.

This year's official celebrations will take place in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain and include a Think Tank on the 2012 theme with the participation of top experts and policy makers in the field of tourism and energy.

To keep up-to-date with this year’s World Tourism Day activities, and to learn more about the theme Tourism & Sustainable Energy, bookmark the World Tourism Day website or follow us on Twitter (hashtag #WTD2012).


Publications and resources

Learn more about tourism & sustainable energy at the UNWTO Online Energy School