The importance of sustainability in travel and tourism

The travel industry needs to ensure sustainability in all its practice.

At the very heart of it, we understand that travel matters; it allows us to explore the world and gain a deeper understanding of each destination, its history and culture, through enriching experiences. But we have a responsibility to help protect the places we visit and take care of the world around us.

The Travel and Tourism industry have a vital role in protecting the world’s natural habitats, cultural heritage sites and communities. We need to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. These principles should be extended through to guide all actions with external partners, whether at a regional level or when taking guests around the world. We must be dedicated to bringing the industry together with a shared goal of benefitting the environment and to empower generations – leading by example via Social Responsibility (SR), continually working to further embed the principles of sustainability into the core of any business.
Our industry has to take leadership on this responsibility to ensure travellers tread lightly today and always.

John Veitch
CEO Australia
The Travel Corporation