PATA provides leadership to the Asia Pacific visitor economy by coordinating and promoting environmental and economic sustainability, cultural preservation, and social responsibility. PATA engages in the following activities related to sustainability and social responsibility:
"Footprints" refers to all impacts of the travel industry, and therefore covers issues that may appear in other guises, under umbrella terms such as "green," "responsible travel," "social responsibility," "sustainability," "energy demand," and so on. Integrating sustainable travel models that leave little or no footprint on our planet is a priority for PATA, and we encourage all of our members to reduce their carbon footprint and be cognizant of their activities that impact the surrounding environment.
The Code for Sustainable Tourism has been adopted by both PATA and APEC as a reflection of their strong commitment to tourism growth across the Asia and Pacific region that is viable and sustainable over a long-term future.
This code urges PATA Association and Chapter members and APEC Member Economies to:
Conserve the natural environment, ecosystems and biodiversity
Respect and support local traditions, cultures and communities
Maintain environmental management systems
Conserve energy and reduce waste and pollutants
Encourage a tourism commitment to environments and cultures
Educate and inform others about local environments and cultures
Cooperate with others to sustain environments and cultures
The APEC/PATA Code for Sustainable Tourism was signed by the APEC Chairperson and the PATA Chairperson at the 50th PATA Annual Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Sustaining Indigenous Cultures
“Travel is a passage through other people’s lives and other people’s places.”
The PATA Traveller's Code was approved by the PATA Sustainable Tourism Committee at its April 13, 2002 meeting in New Delhi, India.
PATA endorses the work of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), a non-profit organization unique in setting global standards and definitions for sustainability in travel and tourism.
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) serves as the international body for fostering increased knowledge and understanding of sustainable tourism practices, promoting the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles and building demand for sustainable travel. This is accomplished through the work executed by its diverse programs: international standardsetting, destinations,education and training, market access, and accreditation.
The Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria are recognized and endorsed by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), both of which are Permanent Members of the Board of Directors of the GSTC.
GSTC activities include:
PATA joins the GSTC in recommending to all its members that they seek out GSTC-recognized certification and ratings schemes. Currently, those that serve the Asia-Pacific region include:
Learn more about the Global Sustainable Tourism Council
Learn more about the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria
PATA has teamed up with EarthCheck, the world’s leading environmental management, benchmarking and certification programme; developed for the travel and tourism industry. Earthcheck adheres to the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC), the global mark for standards in sustainable travel and tourism.Through this partnership, EarthCheck has created an online Carbon Calculator for use by PATA members, which lets them estimate their carbon impact and then provides tips on how their emissions may be easily reduced.
EarthCheck has four individual products that each cater to the needs of different sectors of the industry. They are:
EarthCheck Certified, which helps organisations to reduce costs, managing risk and deliver reporting compliance.
EarthCheck Assessed, which is ideal for smaller operators who are looking to start the sustainability journey and wish to reduce their environmental impacts.
EarthCheck Design provides internationally recognised standards and guidelines that help local governments and developers in the early stages of planning precincts, buildings and the associated infrastructure, to do so with sustainable outcomes in mind.
EarthCheck Communities is used by communities around the world to achieve Best Practice sustainability outcomes in the areas of environment, social and economic benefits.
EarthCheck also offers programs that are suitable for schools and business clusters, as well as a range of accredited training courses that help with internal capacity building.
Take a look at the below carbon calculator to gauge how your business is doing and for tips on how to improve.