The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) is working with the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) and the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) to develop a scheme for offsetting carbon dioxide emissions from travel.
ABTA views the scheme—to be launched next year—as an important and practical way for the industry to deal with carbon emissions.
The carbon off-set scheme we will be launching aims to make a clear connection between the money invested and projects in the kind of destinations where people go on holiday. Currently there aren’t enough destination-related projects around. It’s important that consumers can make that link as it will encourage more to use the scheme.
It’s not the solution, but it’s one of the recognized ways to tackle the inevitable impact of current travel pattern. It’s just one part of our longer-term strategy on sustainable tourism generally.—Keith Richards, ABTA Head of Business Development and Consumer Affairs
ABTA recently met with the Government Office for Climate Change to discuss plans and representatives from that department are attending the ABTA Travel Convention.