Europe's Voice of Tourism

What happens to European tourism if we do nothing about climate change?

We received and published this economic research by Vicepresident Paolo Bartolozzi about the challenges for the European tourism industry, knowing that the Paris Treaty temperature limits are already overcome.

The discourse on sustainable tourism practices within the Skal Europe Area Committee reflects a multifaceted approach to addressing the challenges posed by climate change and promoting responsible tourism initiatives.

Through a series of activities, including business collaborations, educational webinars, sustainability awards, and interclub activities promotion, Skal Europe strives to foster innovation, knowledge sharing, and collaboration among European Clubs. However, amidst these proactive efforts, the economic ramifications of inaction on climate change loom large.

With natural catastrophes resulting in global economic losses of $270 billion last year alone, and insured losses increasing by 5-6% annually, the tourism industry faces mounting challenges. Climate change-induced extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, storms, and floods, disrupt ecosystems, endangering biodiversity, and threaten the livelihoods of communities reliant on tourism. Moreover, the disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations, including women, children, ethnic minorities, and those with underlying health conditions, exacerbates social inequalities and undermines public health systems.

In the face of these challenges, Skal Europe’s emphasis on sustainability, education, and collaboration emerges as a crucial strategy for mitigating the economic and environmental risks associated with climate change.

By investing in innovative insurtech solutions, advocating for policy changes, and promoting sustainable business practices, Skal Europe aims to build resilience within the tourism sector and safeguard the future of European tourism.