‘Tourism must lead transition to green economy’: ILO’s Martha Stewart at G20 Meet

Business Events | May 6, 2021 | News

G20 Prahlad Singh Patel Martha Stewart

At a virtual G20 Tourism Ministers’ meeting on 4 May that discussed how governments can support the sector badly hit by the Covid19 pandemic, Deputy Director-General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Martha Newton, enlisted three focus areas for member countries.

The meeting was hosted by Italy, which currently holds the Presidency of the G20.

Stewart emphasised that measures to support travel and tourism enterprises, workers and incomes must target the most vulnerable, including women, youth and migrants who make up the majority of the tourism workforce. This must be followed by investing in the transition of the sector from the informal to the formal in recovery plans, she urged.

Besides measures to ensure safety and health at work that are indispensable for a safe reopening and recovery of the sector, she observed that rebuilding tourism was an opportunity to transform and build a more sustainable sector. “As economies restart, the tourism sector must lead the transition to a green economy with coordinated public and private policies addressing climate change. The potential of the sector to create quality green jobs is yet to be fully realized,” said Stewart.

Indian Minister of State for Tourism & Culture Prahlad Singh Patel was among speakers. Patel acknowledged that tourism has been the hardest hit by the Covid19 pandemic with unprecedented impact on jobs, businesses, communities and the wider economy.

The Minister conveyed India’s support for United Nations World Travel Organisation’s (UNWTO) principles for the transition to a green travel and tourism economy.

Patel stated that post Covid, India’s focus would be on promoting off-beat destinations and places such as nature and eco-tourism, wildlife, wellness retreats, mountaineering and trekking. Besides which, India would like to offer to the world calm, peace and health through yoga, ayurveda and other forms of traditional treatments and spiritual surroundings. 

Patel expressed optimism that the tourism sector would recover fully from the impact of Covid19 and emerge stronger with the roll out of vaccination programmes across countries.

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad and Francophonie, discussed France’s efforts to develop more sustainable tourism. These are consistent with commitments made by the country under the Paris Agreement, an international treaty on climate change signed by 196 countries in 2015.

India to offer post-Covid world eco-tourism, offbeat destinations & wellness, through yoga, ayurveda, other traditional treatments & spiritual surroundings, says Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel

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