“Low-carbon economy and islands traveling” was the subject of discussion during the 14th session of the Inter-Islands Tourism Policy held in Sanya, Hainan, China. This forum discussed low-carbon economy to develop the islands traveling influence, promotes building islands area into low-carbon economy to implement society’s sustainable development.
According to their website, the Inter-Islands Tourism Policy Forum was founded in 1997 with the attendance of four provincial governments of Bali, Indonesia; Hainan, China; Okinawa, Japan; and South Korea led by Jeju. This forum is aimed at exploring the world tourism market jointly by bring together islands that have cultural sympathy and similar tourism structures and policies. The forum has grown from four original member islands to nine.
Representatives from China, South Korea, Japan, the U.S. as well as national and local forum members focused on advancing the island travel industry toward a low-carbon economy and embracing the green development trend gaining traction around the world.
The message is particularly important for islands interested in developing tourism, and was not lost on audience members: they agreed to push their respective tourism industries toward the low-carbon trend, contributing more to the environment and the world economy.