Is Asian tourism apathetic towards climate change?

The Pacific Asia Travel Association conference was recently held in Bangkok, Thailand, but observers noted that majority of the participants came from Western nations, thus leading them to conclude that Asian airline carriers and tourist firms have yet to get involved in the issue of climate change. A number of Asian companies were invited to take part in the conference but invitations were reportedly met with indifference.

I’m sure the environment is a major concern for a lot of Asian companies, but it’s probably more difficult to take direct action on the matter. At the same time, I think the focus for a lot of people is bringing in more tourists rather than making air travel and tourism itself more eco-friendly. But the way the green trend is spreading, countries ought to take note of the fact that the greener you are, the more attention and assistance you can get.

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