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Tourism’s carbon emissions measured in UNWTO report at COP25 (video)

Madrid, Spain, 4 December 2019 – Transport-related emissions from tourism are expected to account for 5.3% of all man-made CO2 emissions by 2030, up from 5% in 2016, a landmark new report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Transport Forum (ITF) shows. At the same time, as tourist numbers rise and the sector makes progress in achieving low-carbon travel, emissions per passenger kilometer are expected to decline over the coming decade. Against this backdrop, UNWTO calls for enhanced cooperation between the transport and tourism sectors to effectively transform tourism for climate action. Launched at an official side-event of the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme during the UN Climate Summit, COP25 in Madrid, the “Transport Related CO2 Emissions of the Tourism Sector” presents the emissions produced by the different modes of tourism transport. As the number of both international and domestic tourists continues to rise, this data is presented alongside the predicted growth in emissions to 2030 and is set against the so-called ‘current ambition´ for the decarbonization of transport. Presenting the report, UNWTO Executive Director Manuel Butler said: “This comprehensive study analyses the environmental impact of the different modes of transport within the tourism sector. It is now for the tourism sector, especially tourism policy makers to use data effectively and ensure the sector plays a leading role in addressing the climate emergency.” Ovais Sarmad, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) addressed the need to scale efforts towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement: “While tourism is mentioned in many Nationally Determined Contributions as a big concern, not enough has yet been done. The industry must do more, but governments must align their policies, so that at the international level we can collectively work to increase ambition. The One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme is a vital ongoing mechanism to promote sustainable tourism around the world.” Some of the main conclusions of the research include: Against the current ambition scenario, transport-related CO2 emissions from tourism are predicted to increase from 1,597 million tonnes to 1,998 million tonnes between 2016 and 2030, representing a 25% rise. During the same period, international and domestic arrivals are expected to increase from 20 billion to 37 billion, mainly driven by domestic tourism (from 18.8 billion to 35.6 billion), followed by international arrivals (1.2 billion to 1.8 billion). Transport-related emissions from tourism represented 5% of all man-made emissions in 2016 and will increase to 5.3% by 2030. Tourism-related transport emissions represented 22% of all transport emissions in 2016 and will continue doing so in 2030 (21%).  Moving to a “high ambition scenario” Tourism’s transport-related CO2 emissions remain a major challenge and require tourism to work closely with transport in order to support its commitment to accelerate the decarbonization process and the implementation of a high ambition scenario. In addition, the tourism sector must determine its own high ambition scenario, complementing the efforts of the transport sector. Here, tourism would advance towards significantly decoupling growth from emissions in order to grow within the international climate targets. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Minister: Bilateral relations between Greece and Israel at an exceptional level

An event on “The geopolitical developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and Israeli-Greek relations” was held by the Hellenic National Defence Staff Officers Association at the Officers’ Mess in Athens, ANA reports. Deputy Defence Minister Alkiviadis Stefanis represented Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the event, which took place on Monday. The key speaker of the event was the Israeli Ambassador to Greece Yossi Amrani. Referring to Greek-Israeli relations, Stefanis noted that the two countries are going through a period of fruitful political collaboration and exceptional bilateral relations that, with respect for the principles of international law, are promoting the peaceful co-existence and prosperity of all countries in the wider region. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Zscout370 Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek PM discusses tourism investments with top fund managers in London

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday invited large fund managers in Britain to look into investing in Greece and in infrastructure in particular, during his official visit to London, ANA reports. The meeting took place at the offices of Goldman Sachs investment bank and financial services company. Mitsotakis spoke of the improvement of the Greek economy, political stability with a government supporting investments, and high consumer and business confidence. Mentioned during the meeting were the sectors of “green” investments, infrastructure, tourism and logistics as offering great opportunities in Greece. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek PM to meet with Turkish President on the sidelines of the NATO Summit

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will meet with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday at 16.30 pm (Greek time), as part of the NATO Summit for the Alliance’s 70th anniversary, int.ert.gr reports. The meeting will be attended by delegations of the two sides, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos, and other government officials. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is in London since Monday evening, to attend the NATO summit on December 3 and 4. Mr. Mitsotakis is expected to raise the issue of Turkish provocation and brief the Alliance members on developments following the Turkish-Libyan pact, while he will insist that NATO should stop the practice of keeping an equidistant stance. During his stay in London, Kyriakos Mitsotakis will also meet with international investors, attend a reception given by Queen Elizabeth to NATO leaders, and attend a dinner at the Prime Minister’s residence on Downing Street, hosted by UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

State Department: Turkey-Libya zones deal ‘unhelpful and provocative’

The memorandum of understanding signed by Turkey and Libya on maritime zones in the East Mediterranean is "unhelpful and provocative," the US State Department announced on Tuesday, according to ANA. Responding to a question by Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA), the State Department noted, "While the United States generally does not take a position on other states' maritime boundary disputes, we call on all parties to refrain from all actions that risk heightening tensions in the eastern Mediterranean at this sensitive time." Such actions, it added, highlighted the risk of the Libyan conflict taking on wider regional dimensions, and urged all interested parties to work toward a negotiated solution. "In particular, the announcement of a signed Turkish-GNA delimitation memorandum of understanding has raised tensions in the region and is unhelpful and provocative," the State Department pointed out, referring to Libya's Government of National Accord. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: AgnosticPreachersKid Let's block ads! (Why?)

Piraeus Bank staff on strike actions on Wednesday and Thursday over layoffs

Piraeus Bank staff will hold a nationwide 24hr strike on Thursday, as well as a protest gathering to be held at the labor ministry on the same day, the Federation of Bank Workers' Unions (OTOE) said on Tuesday, according to ANA. Furthermore, OTOE said a work stoppage will be held on Wednesday from 7:45 am to 11:00 am, while protesters will also gather at 7:15 am outside Piraeus Bank's headquarters in central Athens.  RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Erud Let's block ads! (Why?)

Survey: Samaria Gorge attracts tourists to Greek island of Crete

The gorge of Samaria, on Crete, is one of the main reasons why foreign visitors choose the island as a holiday destination, according to a survey conducted by the Crete Polytechnic, the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania and the University of Crete, ANA reports. The Samaria National Park is a specially protected area which is a very popular tourist destination that is known globally. Since 1981, when the number of visitors began to be recorded, approximately 130,000 people per year visit the site during the summer. The total number of visitors in the last five years reached 744,288 said the Chania Forest Directorate.  When the visitors were asked to what extent their decision to visit Crete was affected by the existence of the national park of Samaria, 32.3% of the visitors replied 'very much' or 'decisively'. The ticket price to enter the gorge and the forest is 5 euros and the price has stayed the same since the admission fee was established. However, according to the survey, eight in 10 visitors said they very satisfied, while in the last years the number of visitors who consider the price low is tending to rise. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Lapplaender Let's block ads! (Why?)

Boost for efforts to curb unruly passengers as MP14 set to come into force

Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) looks forward to the entry into force of Montreal Protocol 2014 (MP14) on 1 January 2020. MP14 enhances the capacity of states to curb the escalation in the severity and frequency of unruly behavior onboard aircraft. This follows the 26 November 2019 ratification of MP14 by Nigeria, the 22nd state to do so. MP14, properly named the Protocol to Amend the Convention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed on Board Aircraft, is a global treaty that strengthens the powers of states to prosecute unruly passengers. It closes a legal gap under the Tokyo Convention 1963, whereby jurisdiction over offenses committed onboard international flights rests with the state where the aircraft is registered. This causes issues when unruly passengers are delivered to the authorities upon landing in foreign territories. Unruly and disruptive passenger incidents onboard flights include physical assault, harassment, smoking or failing to follow crew instructions. These incidents may compromise flight safety, cause significant delays and operational disruption and adversely impact the travel experience and work environment for passengers and crew. "Everybody on board is entitled to enjoy a journey free from abusive or other unacceptable behavior. But the deterrent to unruly behavior is weak. About 60% of offenses go unpunished because of jurisdictional issues. MP14 strengthens the deterrent to unruly behavior by enabling prosecution in the state where the aircraft lands. The treaty is in force. But the job is not done. We encourage more states to ratify MP14 so that unruly passengers can be prosecuted according to uniform global guidelines," said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's Director General and CEO. States should also review the effectiveness of the enforcement mechanisms available to them in line with ICAO Guidance on Legal Aspects of Unruly and Disruptive Passengers (ICAO Document 10117) which gives information on how civil and administrative fines and penalties can be used to supplement criminal prosecutions. In addition to strengthening jurisdiction and enforcement, airlines are working on a range of measures to help prevent incidents and manage them more effectively when they do happen. These include enhanced crew training and raising awareness with passengers of the potential consequences of unruly behavior onboard. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Farmers to block highways across central Greece on December 4

Farmers from Larissa, central Greece, have decided to block highways this week to protest against high production costs, the prices of farming products and state social insurance contributions, among others, ANA reports. According to the Larissa Federation of Farming Unions, the farmers of the region will take their tractors out onto the roads and blockade the Platykambos and Farsala junctions on December 4. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

State offers incentives for green energy projects in Greece

The Greek government is planning new funding tools that aim to achieve the greatest possible leveraging of funds for “green investments” in order to meet the ambitious targets of the National Plan for Energy and the Climate, according to statements by the top officials of the Energy and Environment Ministry on Monday, ekathimerini.com reports. The targets require total investments of 43.8 billion euros in renewable energy sources (RES), natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution networks, electrical mobility and energy-saving up to 2030. The government also intends to coordinate the ministries to give a boost to major investment projects in RES while weighing the strategic targets and the cost-benefit ratio. The plan, presented recently during an event at the Bank of Greece, is currently in the public consultation stage, and the major investments it requires “will need not only the decisive contribution of the private sector but also the biggest possible leveraging of national and European Union resources,” according to Deputy Minister for Energy Gerassimos Thomas. Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis spoke of a “green investment explosion that will generate multiplying benefits across all sectors of the economy, beyond energy, into transport, the credit sector, construction, tourism, shipping, and agriculture.” He went on to highlight the popular character of the plan, stressing that most of its actions directly concern citizens; he specifically cited the energy-saving actions related to energy upgrades for buildings, electromobility, and investments in small solar energy systems. General Secretary for Public Investment Dimitris Skalkos noted the priority is for the main directions of the plan to be incorporated in the new EU-subsidized support framework, noting that an amount of around 7 billion euros should be set aside for green investments. The chief of the association of Greek RES producers (Hellas RES), Giorgos Peristeris, said that meeting the targets will depend on specific and ad hoc regulations for major investment projects that will make them possible. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Lars Christopher Let's block ads! (Why?)