The ATTA’s mission is to empower a global travel community to deliver experiences that protect natural and cultural capital while creating shared economic value. Our events, which bring together our vibrant, diverse community periodically throughout the year, are important to achieving our mission. As part of our commitment to sustainable tourism, our Events Sustainability Policy includes the following key objectives:
In our agreements with event host partners, we collaborate to align the ATTA community’s values and goals with that of the destination’s in order to purchase locally, conserve water, reduce plastic use, avoid food waste, and limit energy consumption and transport within the context of each event.
Recognizing that the travel sector contributes 8 percent of all global carbon emissions, we measure the carbon emissions associated with our events, including staff and delegate travel, and budget for a combination of carbon offsetting and removal of these emissions. (Carbon offsetting is a way of compensating for emissions by paying for emissions reductions elsewhere or by funding tree planting, for example. Carbon removal describes processes that result in carbon being taken out of the atmosphere and put into permanent storage.)
For questions or suggestions to support our events sustainability team, please send an email to [email protected] subject line: Events Sustainability
In 2023, the ATTA partnered with Switzerland Tourism on a research project to develop general guidelines for hosting sustainable events in the adventure travel industry, including a Sustainable Events Checklist for actionable event planning. Click here to learn more.