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Tourism is bouncing back - but can we make travel sustainable?

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With the pandemic well behind us, international travel has bounced back. The World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Development Index, a major survey of the state of the sector, gives a clear picture of how things look around the world. Maksim Soshkim, who leads much of the Forum’s work on the issue tells us the headlines, and Jacqueline Gifford, Editor-in-Chief of Travel + Leisure magazine gives her take on the state of the travel scene.

One of the key areas the TTDI looks at is sustainability - the impact of travel and tourism on the environment and local communities. And in this episode we hear from two people engaged in making tourism more sustainable: a hotel chain taking action across its supply chain, and the head of tourism for Rwanda, where income from foreign visitors helps conserve a unique ecosystem and its endangered mountain gorillas.


Travel and Tourism Development Index:

Global Future Council on the Future of Sustainable Tourism:


Maksim Soshkin, Centre for Energy and Materials, World Economic Forum

Jacqueline Gifford, Editor-in-Chief, Travel + Leisure

Neil Jacobs, CEO, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Michaella Rugwizangoga, Chief Tourism Officer, Rwanda

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