WTO head addresses Bali forum

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, Francesco Frangialli, has told the UN Climate Change Conference currently convened in Bali that the sector can become a force for good in the fight against global warming.

Frangialli said that in the past year the tourism sector had begun to unite in its support of the UN Secretary-General’s roadmap for a more climate responsible world. He continued, “Tourism will not shrink from its responsibilities to respond through adaptation and mitigation, as well as by technology and financing for poor countries. We are part of the problem and will be part of the solution.”

The results of scientific analysis suggest that tourism is estimated to contribute some five per cent of CO2 – a percentile far below its contribution to the economies of developing countries.