World Tourism leaders plant and restore at the Buenos Aires Eco-park
Approximately 100 attendees of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit in Buenos Aires will today help transform the Buenos Aires Eco-park—a former zoo—into a sustainable educational facility.
Volunteers will plant native trees and species, restore a historic bridge and assemble educational brochures. The program will highlight the need for cities to redefine their relationship with the environment, and facilitate sustainable development. The effort is led by the non-profit organization Tourism Cares, which unites the tourism industry to give back to host communities and is collaborating with the WTTC for the fourth year in a row.
“It is gratifying to see our great industry demonstrate our collective passion for volunteering and giving back to the destinations we visit, invest in and bring travelers to,” said Brett Tollman, chief executive of The Travel Corporation. “Coming to Buenos Aires for a conference is more than just attending meetings and networking; it’s us rolling up our sleeves that demonstrates we are committed to getting things done and walking the talk, while also leaving a smaller footprint behind.”
When completed, the Buenos Aires Eco-park will contribute to biodiversity and conservation through education and recreation, and host scientific research projects, rescued animals and wildlife rehabilitation.
“Sustainability is a fundamental element when it comes to tourism being a benefit for both economic development and the improvement of the social life of locals,” said Gonzalo Robredo, president of the Buenos Aires City Tourist Board. “Tourism Cares offers an excellent legacy for the city of Buenos Aires—connecting our local organization with responsible volunteers and visitors—who also happen to be leaders in the travel industry.”
The volunteer project is made possible by The Travel Corporation, World Travel & Tourism Council, City of Buenos Aires, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, MaCher, Marriott International, and Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy.
About Tourism Cares
Tourism Cares, Inc., a US 501(c)(3) public charity, advances the travel industry’s social impact to help people and places thrive. We unite the industry to make a greater impact on shared priorities, and to help each company fulfill its giving goals. Our members include leading travel associations and companies, together helping destinations in need, supporting our workforce, and improving our corporate social responsibility. Learn more at www.TourismCares.org and @TourismCares.
About the Summit
The World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 18th Global Summit, the flagship Travel & Tourism event of the year, will take as its theme “Our People, Our World, Our Future”. The Global Summit will ask the tough questions facing Travel & Tourism today, explore what this means for the future, and demonstrate the sector’s role in our fast evolving and ever more unpredictable world.
About the Travel Corporation
The Travel Corporation (TTC) is a highly successful international travel group. Our philosophy is simple – to create enriching experiences for our travelers by combining an unbeatable mix of exceptional service and quality at great value. No matter what your taste, whether you are a family or a couple, a group or traveling solo – TTC offers something for everyone. Our multi-award-winning portfolio ranges from luxury hotels and boutique river cruises to independent holiday package companies and a variety of guided travel experiences. For more information about TTC, visit www.ttc.com
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