The 2012 official World Tourism Day (WTD) to be held in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain, (September 27, 2012) will focus on the theme “Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development” to spur tourism’s contribution to sustainability.
Tourism is at the forefront of many of the latest and most innovative sustainable energy initiatives, that feeds the investment placed into renewable energy for aviation, or clean energy solutions implemented in hotels around the world. The UNWTO Secretary General, Taleb Rifai, said the message at the heart of World Tourism Day 2012 is that these initiatives and commitments are not only helping to protect the environment, they are also creating economic opportunities and jobs for millions, both in tourisnm and other sectors.
Currently, Spain is among the top five countries investing in renewable energies worldwide, and 20% of the energy consumed in Spain coming from renewable sources.
Holding this year’s celebrations in Spain is particularly fitting given its reputation as one of the world’s top tourism destinations and a global leader in renewable energies, said the Secretary General. WTD 2012 coincides with the UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, offering the opportunity to further highlight the shared responsibility of the tourism and energy sectors to the wider sustainability objectives of the UN.