According to the World Tourism Organization, global tourism hit a record high of 1.4 billion international arrivals in 2018, representing a 6 per cent rise over the previous year.
What’s even more remarkable is that this figure was reached two years ahead of forecast. With so many people travelling, it’s even more important for both the tourism industry as well as tourists to engage in sustainable practices.
“Travel is one of life’s greatest gifts. We know we can’t change the world, but today it’s imperative that we do our part to ensure that our impact is a positive one,” says Gavin Tollman, CEO of travel company Trafalgar.
Sustainable tourism is also becoming more popular as it comes with this feel-good factor of giving back, says Alicia Seah, director, public relations & communications, Dynasty Travel. “We’ve definitely seen an increase in rail travel by about 25 per cent in 2019 compared to 2018. These figures will continue to rise in 2020.”
NSMAN looks at some emerging eco-friendly travel trends from around the world.