Mass tourism and leisure trips pose an ever greater threat to the planet

 Friday, July 19, 2019

Mass tourism and leisure trips pose an ever greater threat to the planet, said British lawmakers.

 

Fast-growing tourism accounts for about 5% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide while visitor influx is damaging a host of hot spots, said the Environmental Audit Committee, which examines the impact of government policy on the environment.

 

“Now that summer is here, families are looking forward to a well-earned holiday,” said committee chairwoman Mary Creaghin in a statement. “But when we book a cruise, flights or visit a popular tourist destination, it’s easy to forget about the environmental impact our holidays are having,” she added.

 

Around 1.4 billion people were international tourists in 2018, 6% going up from the year before, with cheap flights and easy connections assisting mass tourism, according to the UNWTO.

 

Britain makes billions of pounds from overseas visitors – drawn by everything from royal heritage to cutting-edge culture.

 

But the cost is also steep, with deep division over whether to expand London Heathrow, already Europe’s busiest airport.

 

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