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Tourisme Montreal goes green
MONTREAL - Environmental management challenges are vital issues for all organizations in today's world. The very nature of travel makes the tourism industry one of the sectors most closely touched by these problems. Moreover, several tourism stakeholders in Montreal and elsewhere have already taken commitments to limit the environmental impact of their actions. In this regard, the concerted vigilance of the convention industry comes to mind.
In response to this major and unprecedented challenge, Tourisme Montreal
together with the tourism industry very recently embarked on an impressive
plan to go green. This comprehensive approach has two phases:
1) With the participation of our organization's employees, the board of
directors ratified the implementation of a Guide to the Green Office that will
facilitate a change of habits and a commitment to embrace the change. This
guide not only includes important measures for recycling and reducing
consumption in terms of office supplies and energy, but also enables concrete
- Tourisme Montreal pledges a financial contribution to Montreal
awareness-raising and re-greening organizations to help compensate
the impact of employee travel on the environment
- The organization will also include an eco-responsibility provision in
the contracts of its suppliers
- Tourisme Montreal will ensure that Montreal events requiring funding
from its Event Assistance Program have taken steps to be ecologically
These measures have been in effect since February 2008.
2) Aware of the need to deal with the considerable issues faced by the
tourism industry, Tourisme Montreal will oversee the creation of a Montreal
Tourism Industry Green Committee that will put in place an action plan to help
reduce the impact on the environment despite the anticipated growth of the
In particular, this Committee will ensure the implementation of a policy
that will introduce environmental management practices and call on the
individual and collective accountability of companies. Using a series of
indicators, it will be possible to measure the impact of the Montreal tourism
industry activities on the environment and make changes to the policy
guidelines as needed.
Chaired by Tourisme Montreal, the committee is made up of representatives
from the organization's promotional members: Association des h?tels du grand
Montreal, Aeroports de Montreal, Palais des congr?s, ToHu, Transat Chair in
Tourism of UQAM, JPDL, Montreal's Nature Museums, and Velo-Quebec. Other
members from different tourism sectors will soon join the existing Committee.
The success of such a project depends unquestionably on the adoption of
common goals by a great number of tourism and cultural companies. Meanwhile,
the recent recognition of Montreal by the National Geographic Society for
being the first city in the world to sign the Geotourism Charter, as well as
the accreditation of quality just obtained from Destination Marketing
Association International, amply demonstrate the commitment of the entire
Montreal tourism industry to unite and make Montreal an environmentally
responsible city and pioneer in sustainable tourism.
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