Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) and Co-founder of SUNx – the Strong Universal Network, was given the “Green Tourism Professional of the Year” award by the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association during the recent ITB in Berlin.
Accepting the award, he said that he was honored for the recognition and re-iterated the call for an intensified Climate Resilience Framework for the sector. He noted that historically tourism based its key products on predictable weather conditions – siting hotels on beach fronts for example and last year’s unprecedented intensive Caribbean Hurricanes are another. He called for re-engagement of the US in the Paris Climate Accord and for the Travel & Tourism sector to strengthen its commitments.
The Strong Universal Network SUNx, is a program of the EU based, not for profit Green Growth and Travelism Institute, and a legacy to the late Maurice Strong – Sustainable Development Pioneer.
Its goal is to promote Climate Resilient, Impact-Travel with good & bad effects measured and managed coherently: with Green Growth at the core and, 2050-proof in line with the Paris Accords and the W.E.F. 4th Industrial Revolution.