News One Planet Vision for a Responsible Recovery of the Tourism Sector

From a collective vision to recommendations for action

On 4 May 2021, the G20 Tourism Ministers welcomed the Recommendations for the Transition to a Green Travel and Tourism Economy which UNWTO submitted upon the request of the Italian Presidency. The Recommendations, which build on the widely consulted One Planet Vision for a Responsible Recovery of the Tourism Sector, represent a common vision for better tourism for people, planet and prosperity.

They focus on five fields of action:

  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Climate action
  • Green Transition of Tourism for Prosperity
  • Governance and finance
  • Green Transition of Tourism for People



Green Transition of Tourism for Planet

Biodiversity conservation

  • - Capture the value of conservation through tourism
  • - Support conservation efforts through tourism
  • - Invest in nature-based solutions for more sustainable tourism

Climate action

  • - Monitor and report CO2 emissions from tourism operations
  • - Accelerate the decarbonization of tourism operations
  • - Engage the tourism sector in carbon removal


Green Transition of Tourism for Prosperity

  • - Circular economy
  •    Invest in transforming tourism value chains
  •    Prioritize sustainable food approaches for circularity
  •    Shift towards a circularity of plastics in tourism


Governance and finance

  • - Measure beyond economic impacts
  • - Steer recovery funds towards better tourism
  • - Consolidate partnerships for implementation


Green Transition of Tourism for People

  • - Public health
  •   Integrate epidemiological indicators in tourism
  •   Connect hygiene with sustainability  
  •   Restore trust through communication


  • - Social inclusion
  •   Support and involve vulnerable groups
  •   Focus on the needs of micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs)
  •   Repurpose tourism as a supporter for the community




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Concerned URL
Source UNWTO
Target group(s) Governments & Administrations
Topics Climate Change - Energy and Resource Efficiency , Good Governance & CSR , Human Rights & Labour Rights , Natural Heritage & Biodiversity , Value Chain Management & Fair Trade