Tourism Vancouver Island is committed to building a more resilient, sustainable, inclusive and vibrant visitor economy in the Region. Through a whole team approach, each of our business units collaborates to advance stewardship priorities relating to Indigenous tourism, access and inclusion, labour force and sustainability.
Tourism Vancouver Island is committed to actioning the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Tourism Vancouver Island is proud to be a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism.
As a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration, we commit to deliver plans aligned with the pathways to cut tourism emissions in half over the next decade and reach Net Zero emissions as soon as possible before 2050.
Tourism Vancouver Island commits to:
- Support the global commitment to halve emissions by 2030 and reach Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050;
- Deliver climate action plans within 12 months from becoming a signatory (or updating existing plans), and begin implementing them;
- Align plans with the five pathways of the Declaration (Measure, Decarbonize, Regenerate, Collaborate, Finance) to accelerate and co-ordinate climate action in tourism;
- Report publicly on an annual basis on progress against interim and long-term targets, as well as on actions being taken;
- Work in a collaborative spirit, sharing good practices and solutions, and disseminating information to encourage additional organizations to become signatories and supporting one another to reach targets as quickly as possible.
Tourism Vancouver Island is proud to have joined Tourism Declares, a global initiative that supports tourism businesses, organizations, and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and taking purposeful action to reduce their carbon emissions as per the advice from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate (IPCC) to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030.
We declare our shared commitment to unite all stakeholders in transforming tourism to deliver effective climate action.
We support the global commitment to halve emissions by 2030 and reach Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050.
We will consistently align our actions with the latest scientific recommendations, so as to ensure our approach remains consistent with a rise of no more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.
As a signatory, we commit to:
1. Deliver a climate action plan within 12 month of signing.
2. Report publicly both progress against interim and long term targets, as well as the actions being taken, at least annually.
3. Align our plan with five shared pathways (measure, decarbonise, regenerate, collaborate, finance) to ensure climate action is consistent across all of tourism.
4. Share information on activities connected to Tourism Declares and/or the Glasgow Declaration among contacts and networks.
5. Work in a collaborative and constructive spirit with other members of Tourism Declares and/or signatories of the Glasgow Declaration.
Tourism stakeholders that feel similarly about the Climate Emergency are encouraged to visit Tourism Declares. The goal is to enable as many travel companies, organizations and individuals to get involved, declare a climate emergency, and take action.