Dubai 'to make tourism services greener'

06/06/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Neil King
Dubai 'to make tourism services greener'
More properties and services in Dubai will be made environmentally-friendly in a drive to make the emirate's tourism facilities more green.Trade Arabia reports that the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has launched a new plan that aims to improve the standards and excellence of sustainable initiatives in the metropolis, in order to benefit visitors.Launched by DTCM yesterday (June 5th) at the Le Meridien Dubai, the Together for a Green Environment project was announced to mark World Environment Day.The initiative has been devised to promote the concept of a green economy for Dubai through the organisation of seminars and workshops for professionals in the tourism industry.Furthermore, the plan will give people a platform for discussing environmental policy and study best practice with regard to how their work impacts on the atmosphere and the local ecosystem.Under the initiative, several activities were conducted at the launch, including a thinking session where attendees were divided into groups and asked to come up with solutions for various potentially environmentally-damaging issues.Among the challenges raised in this activity were a lack of environmental knowledge, too few resources, the need for finding and poor communication from official organisations - and organisers now have this information to help make improvements in the emirate's tourism industry.The Together for a Green Environment initiative was attended by DTCM director-general Khalid A bin Sulayem, director-general of Dubai's Land Department Sultan bin Mejren, senior managers and executives of the DTCM and other government departments, stakeholders in the tourism industry and strategic partners from the energy and environment sectors.Khalid A bin Sulayem said the green project aims to highlight the active role Dubai plays in the development of sustainable tourism, while motivating more people - both in the industry and generally - to pay attention to the impact they have on the environment.So far, Dubai's Green Tourism Initiative has succeeded in achieving a 20 per cent carbon dioxide reduction for 2012 and the city now has over 576 Green Teams in hotels and more than 1,500 tourism industry professionals have been trained under the scheme.