Building Sustainable Cities Through Tourism
February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Everyday, innovators in cities across the globe are implementing solutions that can sustainably accommodate the growing number of people who inhabit or visit them. This February and March, join six of our Hubs for in-person events and online challenges inviting dialogue on sustainable solutions that are critical for citizens and travelers alike.
We’re kicking off our multi-Hub efforts on February 27 in Austin, Marrakech, Tucson and NYC for engaging discussions with professionals who are answering the demands for sustainability. In Austin, join the Hub for a tour and talk at the city’s new library, while in Tucson, we’ll gather with travel professionals at a local cause-driven restaurant. Our Marrakech team will visit with individuals and NGO partners in nearby Zagora to identify strategies for strengthening Zagora’s sustainable tourism presence in Morocco. And, in In NYC, an event will feature hidden gems within the realm of sustainability.
Looking to get involved in Toronto? Send @impacttravel_to a direct message on Instagram with your 30 second horizontal video showing off one of Toronto’s best innovations. On February 27th, the Hub will showcase the results in a video on their social media channel, and challenge cities across the world to share their sustainable practices, too.
The conversations will continue into March, when Kathmandu brings tourism professionals, academics and on-the-ground changemakers together on March 1st to discuss an integrated and practical approach to sustainable tourism in Nepal.
Each Hub initiative promises to reveal something new and exciting at the forefront of sustainable urban development. These innovations have potential to revolutionize the way people consider cities in conversations on sustainable travel.
Cities don’t always jump to the top of our minds when we think about sustainability – there may be a scarcity of natural green spaces and transportation models that produce pollutants, among other issues.
But, cities are also places with potential. Global Goal 11 – making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable – recognizes cities as places with the people power necessary to come up with creative solutions to unique and universal challenges. Building cities that are safer, healthier, greener and more affordable for residents and travelers requires innovation.
At Impact Travel Alliance, we’re particularly focused on looking toward cities as capitals of sustainable travel – because when most people travel (whether for business or leisure), they’re visiting cities. Urban sustainability and innovation are core components of who we are as an organization.
IMPROVING OUR WORLD THROUGH TOURISM
This year, our multi-Hub events are focused on highlighting three Global Goals to raise awareness and action around how we can make a positive impact on our world through travel. Following the February events on sustainable cities, we’re launching another event series on May 8th, focused on Global Goal #1: No Poverty. Our third multi-Hub event is slated for August 7 (theme TBA).
Our multi-Hub events are just one of our initiatives to mainstream sustainable tourism, and build a more impactful travel industry. Learn more about how you can get involved with our global community of changemakers.