World Tourism Day 2013 asks travelers to reduce water footprint

Sunday, June 9th, 2013. Filed under: Destinations Environment World News
World Tourism Day 2013 asks travelers to keep their towels on the rack and not replace them everyday to save water. ©Offscreen/shutterstock.com

World Tourism Day 2013 asks travelers to keep their towels on the rack and not replace them everyday to save water.
©Offscreen/shutterstock.com

(Relaxnews) – From wearing water-resistant sunblock to taking a shower instead of a bath, travelers will be reminded to be responsible consumers in the wake of a water scarcity crisis that threatens parts of the world for World Tourism Day.

For  the 2013 edition of the United Nation’s World Tourism Day, both the tourism  industry and travelers alike will be asked to re-examine their water footprint — particularly given that a record-breaking one billion international tourists traveled in 2012 alone.

The theme was chosen to align with the 2013 United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation.

This year, the official celebrations will take place September 27 in the Maldives, which consists of 1,190 coral islands.

Here are a few ways tourists are encouraged to be responsible water consumers when they travel abroad:

-Take a shower instead of a bath

-Leave your towels on the rack and hang your ‘Do not disturb’ sign on the door to let housekeeping know you don’t need to have your linens and towels changed every day. This simple gesture saves on unnecessary use of water and chemicals.

-Where possible, select green, sustainable accommodations with water-saving programs such as rainwater barrels.

-Respect the sites you visit. Leave seashells in their natural environment, for instance, and use water-resistant sunblock to avoid polluting the sea and damaging marine fauna. Scientists have shown that commonly found sunscreen ingredients can kill off coral.

World Tourism Day is September 27.

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