We at Visit Flanders want to facilitate a constructive and transparent debate and is looking for inspiration and lessons learned to create a framework around this topic for the coming decade.
Tourism is said to account for 8% of total carbon emissions worldwide and the United Nations predicts a 25% increase in tourism emissions by 2030. But mobility is more than carbon emissions.
Mobility, the sustainability of transport and how people travel to and from their destination are hot topics. Concepts such as flight shaming, training, smart travelling, partial mobility, SAFs (Sustainable Aviation Fuels), carbon emissions offsetting, etc. appear in the media on a daily basis.
The Covid-19 pandemic severely impacted the EU’s transport and tourism sectors in 2020, both directly impact the industries’ income and indirectly by changing mobility and tourism patterns. The EU is also undertaking studies to consider what to do next after the Covid-19 pandemic (see Study from the EU Parliament - Relaunching transport and tourism in the EU after Covid-19).
In the debate we want to tackle the real challenges and identify the actual elements we need to ‘travel to tomorrow’. It’s not only about being CO2 neutral but also about pricing, comfort and accessible travel. What else do we need to take into consideration? How can we formulate solutions locally, regionally and internationally and where and how do we start?
- Piet Demunter, Chief Business Development Officer - Brussels Airport Company
- Sven Pöllauer, Head of PR & Marktkommunikation at ÖBB Personenverkehr AG
- Paul Peeters, Professor at the Breda University of Applied Sciences - Tourism
- Bram Van Braekeveldt, City of Ghent
- Flora Joossens, Hub coach at VISITFLANDERS (Why Holidays Matter)
Best cases from Maarten Bastian from GreenCityTrip and Flora Joossens from VISITFLANDERS (Why Holidays Matter)
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