and the winner is GREEN INITIATIVE!
For its holistic approach to decarbonizing tourism in Machu Picchu, becoming the First Carbon Neutral Tourism Destination Worldwide.
On April 16th, the day in São Paulo was marked by an important event. It was the handing out of the Responsible Tourism Awards, created to recognize advances in the Travel Market. Thus, paving the way for replicating successful cases and the joint construction of a more sustainable world.
Created eight years ago to validate good practices within the tourism industry.
18 professionals from different areas across the entire continent judged the finalists in six categories. Three criteria where considered: originality, impact, and potential for replication within the tourism industry.
The work led by Green Initiative and local partners such as the municipality of Machu Picchu, InkaTerra Hotels Group, and AJE Group has introduced climate mitigation action at the core of the tourism destination management of Machu Picchu.
Green Initiative Approach For Climate Action
Following the Green Initiative approach for climate action in the tourism industry, partners worked together on 3 levels of influence:
- Public management processes
- Tourism businesses management
- Travelers’ sustainable consumption, leading to high-impact results in climate mitigation
Judges considered this initiative a global reference ¨to be watched¨ due to its pragmatic multi-sectorial approach. As well as the scaling up possibilities for other destinations worldwide.
Also, judges believe Green Initiative has led to a ¨holistic solution¨. Since it brings all stakeholders to the same table and shares responsibility for a ¨shift of course¨. Hence, that can benefit local communities, businesses, and the planet.
This international Award is a milestone for all tourism destinations worldwide. It is evident that tourism can lead the way into a climate-neutral transformation. And as a consequence, it is fundamental for the long-term prosperity of humanity.
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