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International Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism was Successfully Held in Yanbian

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On the afternoon of Jul. 7 and the morning of Jul. 8, 2018, hosted by CTA and CMA Public Meteorological Service Centre, supported by World Tourism Organization and Griffith University of Australia, and organized by Jilin Provincial Tourism Development Committee and People's Government of Yanbian Prefecture, the International Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism was successfully held in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture. The attendees include: Dai Bin, President of CTA, Sun Jian, Director of CMA Public Meteorological Service Centre, Qin Dahe, Academician of Chinese Academy of Science, Ding Yihui, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Sofia Gutierrez, Vice Director of Sustainable Development Department of World Tourism Organization, Professor Susanne Becken, Director of Griffith Institute for Tourism, Professor Colin Macerras, Academician of Federal College of Humanities, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, Initiator of SunX Plan, Professor Daniel Scott, Chairman of Climate and Social Research of University of Waterloo, He lena, Officer of Consumption and Production Division of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Doctor Peter Haxton from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and over 100 specialists, scholars and enterprise delegates from France, Canada, Brazil, Thailand, Australia, Singapore and China’s local governments, well-known universities, and tourism and meteorology industry.



President Dai Bin Delivered an Opening Speech

President Dai Bin introduced the background and purpose of this Symposium. He said Chinese Government always attaches great importance to environmental protection, climate change and sustainable development of economic society. Global tourism including China’s tourism has entered a popular development stage, and while a large number of tourists enjoy tourism as the basic rights, the free travel around the world is bound to have an impact on the environment and climate change. Therefore, focus on the relationship between environment, climate change and tourism as well sustainable measures has become the major topic of governments, academic communities and industries. CTA hopes to build a research platform for academic communication and cooperation between global scholars and specialists through this Symposium, promoting in-depth research of tourism and climate change globally.




The section of International Progress was hosted by Professor Susanne Becken.


Professor Geoffrey Lipman introduced the sustainable development of tourism up till now and the next key steps.


Academician Qin Dahe delivered a speech on the impact of climate change and tourism, pointing out cryosphere tourism will bring new economic growth, and emphasizing the sustainable development of tourism economy is inseparable from scientific research.


Ms. Helena, Officer of Consumption and Production Division of UNEP, introduced the environmental proposal of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), sharing the achievements of a global tourism value chain transformation project and research results in improving efficiency and reducing carbon emission.


Doctor Peter Haxton from OECD introduced OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2018 and proposed policy suggestions to sustainable tourism development.


The section of Changing Climate and Economy was hosted by Professor Daniel Scott.


Academician Ding Yihui gave a report on China’s active response to climate change, focusing on the “win-win” strategy and scientific efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emission and environment pollution.


Ms. Mareike Bentfeld from GIZ introduced the research results of hotel industry on how to face climate change and strengthen anti-disaster capability.


Ms. Xu Ying, Chief Researcher of National Climate Center, introduced the latest research development and trend of China’s climate change field, and suggested to strengthen comprehensive capability of tourism to actively respond to climate change, and establish and improve a guarantee mechanism for addressing climate change.


Mr. Jiang Tong, Chief Researcher of National Climate Center, introduced the impact of climate change on socioeconomy and tourism development.


The section of Tourism Emission Management was hosted by Professor Geoffrey Lipman.

Mr. Chirs Warren introduced scientific solutions for reducing the environmental damage from present tourism activities through experimental approach.


Mr. Chris Lyle, Policy Advisor of Canadian Airlines International, introduced strategies and available policies for global aviation in response to carbon emission.


Mr. Lucas Bobes, Principal of Spanish Amadeus Group, introduced application practice and possible ways of tourism technology in reducing carbon emission.


Ms. Chen Yizhen, Delegate of Xiamen Air, introduced detailed practice in sustainable development.


Mr. Michael Kwee introduced integration of enterprise commercialization and sustainable development.


The section of Regional Perspectives and Destination Case Study was hosted by Professor Susanne Becken and Professor Daniel Scott.

Mr. Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director of Mekong Tourism Coordination Office (MTCO), introduced Thailand’s innovation and development practice in sustainable tourism.


Mr. Ghislain Dubois from French consulting institution TEC introduced the response of tourism in Mediterranean and Morocco to climate change.


Professor Liu Jun from Sichun University introduced research results on the simulation and change of tourism resource pattern and economic impact under climate change.



President Dai Bin Delivered the Closing Summary

President Dai Bin used “FAST” and “SLOW” in the summary of this Symposium. He hoped all delegates keep friendly relationship forever, the discussion and speeches given by the specialists can promote the presence of feasible action programme in the near future, providing some guidance to all colleagues regarding sustainable tourism development, and to build sustainable development bridge between climate change and tourism development through technology development.



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