AMSTERDAM (REUTERS) – British Prince Harry, criticized for using private jets himself, announced on Tuesday (3 September) a new tourism initiative to make global travel more sustainable.
"Travalyst" aims to improve the conservation, environmental protection and economic development of the local community to help the travel industry become a force for good, Buckingham Palace said.
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"Traveling has the unparalleled power to open people to other cultures, to make new experiences, and to have a deep appreciation for what our world has to offer," said Prince Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth.
"As Tourism It is crucial to accelerate the worldwide acceptance of sustainable practices and reconcile this growth with the needs of the environment and local communities."
Prince Harry, w ho launches the initiative in Amsterdam In the media, hypocrisy was accused of taking private planes to attend recent engagements, and voicing concerns about the environment.
The criticism prompted singer Elton John, whom Prince Harry visited with his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, who had been vacationing at his home in southern France last month to protest the couple's "distorted and malicious account Press "to defend.
"To help support Harry's commitment to the environment, we've made sure your flight was carbon-neutral by making a meaningful contribution to the carbon footprint," John wrote on Twitter.
"I respect and welcome Harry and Meghan's commitment to charity and urge the press to discontinue these relentless and inexorable actions. Untrue assassinations of their character that are falsely committed almost daily."
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A survey among travelers for Booking.com revealed 71 percent thought tour operators should offer more sustainable travel options, and 68 percent said it was important that the money they spent backflowed into local communities into sustainable practices and consumer decisions Areas such as; Supporting the local population, protecting wildlife, combating climate change and environmental damage, and alleviating over-tourism, "said the palace.