General assembly of United Nations designated 2017 as the international year of sustainable tourism for development. Tourism is becoming one of the most important economic subject for development of destinations. 10% of worlds GDP comes from tourism. Main goal of this year is to change policy, business practices and consumer behaviour in to more sustainbale orienteted direction. So this year is dedicated for a search of new solutions on how to have more positive impact on area where we stay or work. To promote this idea, there will be a lot of events organized all around the globe. In start of February, Ljubljana also hosted one of such events with a title G-guides – Green. Global. Great.
Main objectives of International year of sustainable tourism for development are :
- Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
- Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
- Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change
- Cultural values, diversity and heritage
- Mutual understanding, peace and security
Among those listed above, there is still a lot more such as carbon emissions reduction, protection of native species and raising money for protection of cultural heritage. Two years ago we started our »green story«. In Hotel Park – Urban&Green we are trying to reduce the impact we have on the environment where we are situated. So for example we own an electrical vehicle, we try to buy local, we recycle waste, our roof is home to native Carniolian bee, we reduced consumption of water and electricty and we try to inform all of our guest on importance of sustainble development. This way all the guest can take somethign back home and implement it at home. We also have few certificates to prove our story such as TravelLife and Slovenian Green accomodations. In hotel Park – Urban&Green we try to educate our guest and employees on importance of sustainable development.
You can also join this years project with sharing pictures, posts and articles on social media. Use #TravelEnjoyRespect or #IY2017 and become a part of this years story.
Beside sharing a post you can also change your every day behaviour with waste recycle, reduced energy and water consumption and by educating others.