Abu Dhabi issues green tourism guidelines

05 May 2023
The emirate's tourism regulator has announced three initiatives geared at promoting sustainable tourism

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced three initiatives geared at promoting sustainable tourism in the emirate.

These include the launch of six sector-specific sustainable tourism guidelines; a carbon calculator to estimate the carbon footprint baseline of Abu Dhabi's hotels; and an energy saving audit for the emirate's hotels.

The sustainable tourism guidelines outline recommendations across key sustainability categories, including:

  • Culture and heritage
  • Events
  • Food and beverage
  • Hotels
  • Leisure and entertainment attractions
  • Travel agents and tour operators

The guidelines will support sector stakeholders to "define their sustainability roadmaps" and contribute to Abu Dhabi's overall sustainability goals.

The carbon calculator initiative is designed to estimate and analyse the carbon footprint of hotels in the emirate, incentivising stakeholders through a reward system. 

Meanwhile, the energy audits faciliated by DCT will help players identify appropriate energy saving areas and solutions.

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