WTTC reveals a decline in water use in tourism

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) revealed that total water intensity in the global Travel & Tourism sector continues to decline as the industry continues to grow, according to its ‘Water Roadmap for Travel & Tourism’ report.

Specifically, Travel & Tourism water use ranged between 3.5% and 5.8% of available freshwater globally in 2021 and 2019, respectively.

According to the research, from 2010 to 2019, Asia-Pacific, the Americas and the Middle East saw their Travel & Tourism water use increase, while experiencing significant growth in international arrivals.

On their side, Europe and Africa experienced an annual increase in international arrivals of 5% and 4%, respectively, between 2010 and 2019, but experienced a 1% decrease in water use over the same period.

For WTTC President and CEO Julia Simpson, water scarcity is a “pressing” global issue that requires collective action.

“The travel and tourism industry, with its unique influence and global reach, is perfectly positioned to play a key role in promoting sustainable water practices,” she added.

Source: Arecoa.com

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