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Kerala Tourism Minister P A Mohamed Riyas assured the stakeholders in tourism that the government will unveil various projects focusing on the revival of the vital sector ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, including special marketing campaigns. 

The Minister said that the government will closely work together with the industry with the aim of doubling the tourists’ arrival by 2025,” and hoped that 2022 will be turn out to be a “Covid-19 Free Tourism Year.”  

“The government will implement all possible measures to ease the current problems being faced by the industry. Special marketing campaigns will be conducted once the second wave of Covid-19 recedes,” Riyas said addressing a virtual meeting of representatives of 18 stakeholders in the tourism sector recently.

The meeting was convened to elicit suggestions for revival of the industry that has been hit badly by the pandemic and work out plans for an impressive comeback.

The participants explained to the Minister how the pandemic had resulted in a severe setback for the entrepreneurs and all others engaged in the sector. They noted that unlike any other state, Kerala Government had provided total support and encouragement to the industry during the crisis.

Riyas told them that the urgent task will be promoting internal tourism and the arrivals from other states. “Apart from completing the present projects on a time-bound manner, two new heritage projects focusing on Ponnani and Aranmula will be planned and implemented quickly,” Riyas added.

“The roads to tourism centres will be developed and more tourism circuits will be formed by connecting destinations. Through the socially committed Responsible Tourism, the benefits of tourism sector will be made available to more people. The government’s goal is to support the kind of tourism that brings benefits to entrepreneurs, tourists and local community alike,” the Minister pointed out.

Riyas urged the stakeholders to approach tourism sector with greater enthusiasm by taking the current crisis as an opportunity.  He also assured that the government’s activities and projects will be based on giving a new fillip to the tourism sector.    

Rani George, Principal Secretary, Tourism; V.R. Krishna Teja, Director, Tourism Biju BS, Dy. Director (Mktg) were also present.

Representatives from Kerala Travel Mart Society (KTM), Association of Approved & Classified Hotels of Kerala (AACHK), Confederation of Kerala Tourism Industry (CKTI), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) Kerala Chapter, Association of Tourism Trade Organisations India (ATTOI), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI) Kerala Chapter, Kerala Houseboat Owners Federation, All Kerala Houseboat Owners Association, Confederation of Accredited Tour Operators, Kerala Homestay & Tourism Society (Kerala HATS), Homestay Owners Welfare Association Kerala (HOWAK), Kerala Hotels & Restaurants Association (KHRA), Kerala Ayurveda Promotion Society, Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) South Chapter, CII Kerala Chapter - Tourism Committee, All Kerala Tourist Guides Association, Tourist Guides Federation of South India and Chairman of FICCI Kerala Tourism Committee attended.

Following the launch of nine new rides, including the world’s tallest swing ride, along with a whole new F&B and retail experience at BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts has monumental plans for the rest of 2021 with its array of exciting launches. These include two world-first rides and record setting thrills inspired by the Now You See Me and John Wick movies at MOTIONGATE Dubai, the region’s first and a world record breaking wooden coaster at BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai, and the launch of the Middle East’s first LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Dubai.

Rami Mashini, Vice President Sales, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at DXB Entertainments, said, “Being one of Dubai’s leading tourist destinations, we are dedicated to continually think about ways to innovate and expand our incredible theme parks. We promise amazing experiences to our guests and this year will see Dubai Parks and Resorts launch record breaking concepts that will set the standard for theme parks in the region, and will raise the thrills at the park to new heights. It is an exciting time for everyone as people are able to move around Dubai more freely, and international travellers can start to plan their trips to Dubai. We couldn’t be happier to be launching these world-first rides, and an incredibly unique hotel destination for families this year, so we can look to the future together and have something exciting to look forward to.”

This year, the region’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park, MOTIONGATE Dubai will substantially add to its offering as the park will become home to the first ever theme park coaster that has been inspired by the global hit action franchise, John Wick, as well as introducing the world’s fastest single-car spinning coaster that has been based on the popular heist thriller franchise, Now You See Me. Reaffirming the already established popularity of MOTIONGATE Dubai among adult audiences, these roller coasters will also earn MOTIONGATE Dubai the impressive record for the maximum number of rollercoasters in a single theme park in the Middle East.

Adding to Dubai Parks and Resorts’ title of the Middle East’s largest integrated theme park destination, BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai will continue its exciting year of record-breaking activity when it launches the region’s first ever wooden coaster later this year. With a track length over 1km and speed of 88km/h, the high thrill coaster will boast 33 discrete moments of ‘airtime’, which is the most moments of airtime in any wooden coaster in the world, and will grant the park its second world record of the year. The exciting launch leads on from the re-launch of the region’s only Bollywood inspired theme park in January 2021, that saw BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai introduce an entire new offering that included the world’s tallest swing ride, the 460ft Bollywood Skyflyer, nine action-packed world-class rides and attractions, and authentic food, beverage and retail options.

Dubai Parks and Resorts is also set to officially launch the Middle East’s first LEGOLAND Hotel this year. The 250 room unique hotel has been built with children in mind as its star guests and will give families the chance to truly immerse themselves in a playful LEGO themed world.

Dubai Parks and Resorts continues to operate with enhanced health and safety measures in-line with current guidelines from the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, and approved international practices from the World Health Organisation. To keep visitors and staff safe, all parks enforce social distancing measures, contactless payment, reduced capacity in rides, shops and restaurants, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures.

Hotel Association of India (HAI) has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for immediate intervention to provide relief to the hospitality industry which is on the verge of collapse, in five key areas- -- one-time settlement of loans and extension of loan moratoriums till September 2021, waiver of all statutory liabilities at Centre, State and Municipal levels for the pandemic period, stimulus package subsidising of salaries of hotel employees, according ‘Infrastructure Status’ and to bring Tourism & Hospitality to the concurrent list of the Constitution. HAI in its appeal highlighted that more than 40 per cent of hotels have shut or are on the brink of closure and 70 per cent of overall jobs are now in danger directly or indirectly.

Hospitality industry remains one of the most impacted sectors in the country and continues to struggle due to Covid restrictions and absence of financial reliefs from the government. In its representation to PM, HAI has strongly urged the Government to consider one-time settlement of loans and extension of loan moratoriums till September 2021, pointing out that the increasing loan burden at a time of almost non-existent income may serve only to increase the NPAs of Banks and Moratorium will provide a breathing space to the already crippling industry.

Reiterating its earlier demand HAI has requested waiver of all statutory liabilities at Centre, State, and Municipal levels for the pandemic period especially during the lockdown period on grounds of natural justice. Even with zero revenue and resources, many of the hospitality establishments continue to pay the staff on humanitarian grounds which is now unbearable for the industry. HAI therefore has requested the PM to offer a stimulus package-subsidising of salaries of hotel employees by 50 per cent from April 2021-March 2022 as is being done by many countries as a part of their economic recovery programmes.

While lauding the Government’s effort to promote Domestic tourism the industry body also stressed on the fact that expansion of domestic tourism will require creation of suitable accommodation to meet the incremental demand. The hospitality sector is a provider of key tourism infrastructure serving the basic need of accommodation of travelers of any kind. According ‘Infrastructure Status’ will enable the industry to access long term funds at subsidized rates as available to other infrastructure industries like ports, highways, airports, railways etc. HAI also added that Infrastructure status will encourage greater investments in tourism infrastructure around the country, create income, and have a ripple effect on demand and will therefore help economic recovery of the country.

At present, the relief, incentives, and other promotional support to industries differ from state to state. For harmonious growth of the industry, there is a need for greater and closer coordination across the country. Featuring Tourism & Hospitality in the concurrent list of the Constitution will facilitate a stronger coordinating role for the Ministry of Tourism, HAI added. The Industry body also recommended to form a consultative mechanism like a Task Force of the government and industry representatives which will help in pragmatic policy formulation and bring the true spirit of Public-Private Partnership.

The potential shock to the livelihood of millions working in the hospitality industry is enormous. The Indian hospitality sector has a critical role to play in the post pandemic economic revival and has been announced as the fourth pillar of the Indian economy. HAI urged for the PM's bold intervention and directions for implementation of the suggestions to save the Industry jobs and the lives and livelihoods of the citizens employed in hotels and to enable the industry to get on its feet so that it can make its contribution to the national economy added HAI.

Experience Hub, the trade and promotion arm of Yas Island Abu Dhabi, has enrolled more than 7,000 travel agents into its distinguished ‘Yas Expert’ programme - a destination training and certification program for travel professionals and agents.

Among the 7,000 enrolled, more than 5,000 travel agents have already received certification and been recognised as a Yas Expert, joining an elite team of specialists with enhanced knowledge of the destination and all it has to offer.

Throughout the pandemic period, Experience Hub has been virtually engaging with travel trade in key source markets including UK, Russia, China, India and GCC, and training them online to assure continuous product knowledge in preparation for gradual market re-openings.

In the GCC, which has seen more than 500 agents enrolled, Yas Expert works with entities such as Seera, Jumbo Travels, Fursan Travel and many more to create Yas Island Brand Ambassadors, a network of people who are able to drive visitation to the island globally.

Commenting on the programme, Liam Findlay, General Manager, Experience Hub said: “Experience Hub continues to show its commitment to global partners by refining and enhancing its valuable trade programmes such as Yas Expert. Our top priority through the travel slowdown has been to support our industry and evaluate how we can improve our offering ready for the travel rebound. We look forward to helping more agents globally to become Yas Experts and showcase a destination like nowhere else”.

ITC Hotels is the first hotel chain in the world to receive the platinum level certification under DNV’s My Care Infection risk management programme for its ‘WeAssure’programme’.

The programme assesses and covers all facets of hotel operations on six different dimensions - Governance, Strategy, Communication, Actions, Data Analysis and Continuous Improvement.

Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Ltd said, “The ITC Hotels growth story is a story about Sustainability. We strongly believe that any effort to save the planet ultimately equals to saving ourselves. At ITC Hotels, we understand the value of going beyond efficiency and have showcased extraordinary sustainability leadership by consistently adopting best practices and processes that elevate well-being. The health and safety of our associates and guests is of paramount importance. The DNV Platinum level certification for Responsible Luxury’s ‘WeAssure’ programme brings great sense of confidence and comfort in these difficult times. We believe such health certifications will be a strong driving force behind the transformation of communities and cities so that they continue to sustain the future.”

Prakash Tikare, Country Head DNV stated, "The world today is facing century's most unprecedented challenge in the form of this pandemic risk. When the risk is directly related to human life, no matter what, every possible effort is needed to ensure human health and safety are not compromised. Every action in all possible form that can prevent harm and improve the confidence in stakeholder is a need of the hour. Management of ITC Hotels has made exceptional effort in ensuring health, hygiene, and safety standards at every risk interface to eliminate the cause of infection and create safe environment for the guest. Customers experience and feedback is the true testimony for implementation of unique 'WeAssure' programme. DNV congratulates ITC Hotels team for accomplishing this exceptional landmark."

This certification programme has secured block-chain technology based digital QR code, which demonstrates approach taken by management towards customer safety.

With the gradual opening of tourist and cultural businesses in the German states and the relaxation of entry regulations, the Germany National Tourism Board will inspire potential travelers for their next stay in Germany.

Despite massive losses, city breaks remained by far the leading segment in Germany arrivals from Europe in the Corona year 2020, with 5.2 million trips. At the same time, nature and recreation gained importance, outdoor activities are in greater demand, and interest in health and wellness topics and sustainable vacations is on the rise. In a study conducted by the European Travel Commission (ETC) in February 2021, recreation was the most important travel motivation for 66 percent of Europeans. Of these, 14.8 percent were mainly interested in nature and outdoor activities, 13 percent in culture and heritage, 10.2 percent in wellness and relaxation, and 3.9 percent in culinary delights.

The “DiscoverGermanyFromHome” website serves as a central inspiration and information hub and allows you to travel virtually to some of Germany’s most impressive and unique natural sights and destinations along with a culinary voyage of discovery through Germany's beautiful regions and districts. You will be amazed at the variety of delicious specialities and taste sensations. 

The 59th Airline Passenger Joint Council of IATA (APJC) was held virtually and attended by the airline representatives and agency representatives of TAAI & TAFI. For the first time in India, an Agency Representative Chaired the APJC meeting held by IATA. Jyoti Mayal, President, TAAI was unanimously selected to the Chair the meeting.

A statement from TAAI said, “It is a moment of great honour and pride for all of us at TAAI, the premier, nodal and largest trade association in India since 1951. We thank TAFI and all airline representatives for having faith and confidence in her and the TAAI team to lead the industry on the way forward.”

TAAI was represented by Vice President, Jay Bhatia, Hon. Secretary General, Bettaiah Lokesh, Hon. Treasurer, Shreeram Patel and UFTAA President & Past President, TAAI, Sunil Kumar Rumalla.

The agency representatives took up all the important points of concern and have made recommendations through APJC to PAPGJC / PSG which shall be taken up at PAconf also.

Further the statement said, “We thank each one of our trade colleagues, principal and partners in bestowing support and confidence in TAAI under the leadership of President – Jyoti Mayal. We at TAAI, assure all of you that we shall work diligently towards making positive changes in the working environment of the global aviation, travel and tourism industry.”

Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) part of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) to further Dubai’s position as one of the world’s leading sustainable tourism destinations, has launched ‘Get into the Green Scene’. The initiative is aimed at Dubai residents and visitors to raise awareness of the city’s sustainable attractions and highlight the ease of incorporating sustainable practices into everyday life.

The launch of the ‘Get into the Green Scene’ initiative includes a sustainability calendar, featuring a series of environmental days throughout the year and ways in which people can engage within the theme of that calendar day. Included are simple, but fun, eco-conscious actions that promote the city’s natural spaces and hidden gems, as well as spotlights advocacy organisations, partner and stakeholders that are working towards a more sustainable planet.

This initiative is just one example of DST bringing together public and private entities to further strengthen the city’s positioning as a forward-thinking, world class destination for sustainable tourism. Moreover, it is also aligned with the recent announcement from Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE on the “Year of the 50th” campaign, where sustainability is one of four strategic pillars that will advance the country, support wellbeing and livelihood as well as proactive development and opportunities. DST is well-placed to drive these objectives forward successfully through its strong partnership network across the city.

Yousuf Lootah, Vice Chairman of Dubai Sustainable Tourism, said, “We are very proud to launch the ‘Get into the Green Scene’, which promotes the ease in which visitors and residents can embrace sustainability-minded behaviours. It also highlights the breadth of work that is being done across Dubai by our partners and stakeholders to ensure a positive impact on our environment as well as ways in which we can work together in support. Often the magnitude of what sustainability entails can be overwhelming, which is why we aim to simplify understanding with action for this initiative to make it more manageable and tangible to people of all ages.”

The ‘Get into the Green Scene’ sustainability calendar is available to download here and covers eight environmental, wildlife and eco-tourism days over 2021.

‘Get into the Green Scene’ Days

22 April: Earth Day

Every step taken in the right direction, has to start from somewhere. In honour of one of the most popular sustainable days of the year, there is no more fitting time to ‘Get into the Green Scene’ than on the heels of Earth Day 2021. Under Earth Day’s theme – Restore Our Earth, we can all move to action and ‘Get into the Green Scene’ throughout the year to raise awareness on climate issues, our environmental impact, and sustainability.

30 April: World Arbor Day

This day encourages individuals to plant trees to promote ecological balance and reduce carbon levels. Make a pledge to support the UAE’s national tree preservation efforts with Goumbook’s ‘Give a Ghaf’ tree planting programme.

20 May: World Bee Day

Bee preservation is a critical part of food security measures around the world, with a third of the world’s food production depending on them. Celebrate these little pollinators and discover their home-grown contributions at the Honeybee Garden & Discovery Center in Hatta.

3 June: World Bike Day

Bicycles are an affordable and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation, and this World Bike Day, there’s no better way to take advantage of Dubai’s vast bicycle infrastructure, than with an honorary ride. Whether you are a novice or professional rider, get outside and be active as we celebrate cycling for health, and also as a sustainable alternative to motor vehicles. Hire a bike and hit some of the cities most famous tracks, including: Al Qudra Cycle Track, Nad Al Sheba Park and Hatta Mountain Biking.

3 July: Plastic Free Bag Day

Plastic pollution is worldwide problem and the reduction of single-use plastics is high on the global priorities list. Be a part of the solution on this day and say, ‘no’ to plastic bags where possible. Challenge yourself to a larger commitment and replace single-use plastic bottles, straws and food containers. Support local-based brands, The Green Ecostore or The Green Camel who offer a variety of eco-friendly plastic alternatives.

18 September: International Coastal Clean-Up Day

Dubai’s pristine coastlines play a pivotal role in bringing visitors and locals together for day of ‘fun in the sun’ however, these diverse marine ecosystems are also interconnected to the city’s culture and identity. Get involved in protecting our national treasures so they can be enjoyed by future generations. Join the Emirates Environmental Group’s annual ‘Clean Up UAE’ campaign to remove waste and preserve Dubai’s beaches and waterways.

4 October: World Animal Day

Release the animal-lover inside of you on a day aimed at raising awareness and providing a better future for all animals. With an abundance of wildlife, spend the day celebrating oryx, gazelle and camels, species that are native to the UAE. Admire these animals in their natural habitats at Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, or enjoy spotting over 170 types of birds at Al Qudra Lakes.

11 December: International Mountain Day

With mountains home to 15% of the world’s population and host to half of the world’s biodiversity, this day is all about spotlighting how important these natural resources are. Spend an adventurous day at Hatta, Dubai’s biggest hidden gem, where you will be surrounded by all the splendour of the Al Hajar mountains. Take your family, or grab a friend and hike a trail, ride a mountain bike, go on a horseback ride, or simply revel in beautiful landscape in appreciation of these natural wonders on International Mountain Day.   

The public, stakeholders and partners are encouraged to share their participation in ‘Get into the Green Scene’ on social and digital channels through the hashtag #DubaiGreenScene.

Expedia Group announced the appointment of Rathi Murthy as the company’s Chief Technology Officer and President of Expedia Services and Jon Gieselman as the company’s President of Expedia Brands. As part of Murthy and Gieselman joining, the company will evolve its operating structure into four key pillars: Expedia Services, Expedia Brands, Expedia Marketplace, and Expedia for Business.

“Today, we take an important next step in Expedia Group’s journey as we add two exceptional talents to our leadership team and simplify our organization for clarity and speed. Rathi and Jon represent the character of executives, depth and breadth of experience, and success in their respective fields we seek at our leadership table. Our Chairman and I have complete confidence in what they will deliver and we are excited to welcome them to the team,” said Peter Kern, Vice Chairman and CEO, Expedia Group.

Gieselman joins Expedia Group from Apple, where he led marketing for Services, a broad portfolio of businesses. In his new role, Jon will lead Expedia Brands, which will house Expedia’s consumer-facing businesses and focus on bringing to life unique experiences customers love that connect the world through travel. Jeff Hurst, previous President and Co-lead of Marketing, will become the Expedia Brands Chief Operating Officer reporting to Jon. This role expands on his work bringing together the marketing teams and driving Vrbo through a critical year.

Murthy joins Expedia Group from Verizon Media and is a widely recognized transformative technology executive with deep experience and knowledge in platform environments at Fortune 500 e-commerce, financial services, telecommunications, and media companies. Most recently, Rathi managed innovations in 5G and the platform technology and infrastructure at Verizon Media. In her new role, Rathi will lead Expedia Services, which includes data and artificial intelligence, e-commerce, payments, and customer experience, focusing on evolving the company’s technical strategy and underlying platform.

John Kim, previous President of Platform & Marketplaces, will become President of Expedia Marketplace. In this role, he oversees strategy, product, technology, and operations for all lines of business – lodging, air, car, cruise, and activities – bringing Expedia Group products to life to create locally relevant and customer-centric travel experiences, benefitting our customers and suppliers.

Ariane Gorin will be bringing together the Travel Partners Group and Expedia Business Services to create a powerhouse B2B organization. As President of the newly formed Expedia for Business, Ariane will oversee the future of our B2B relationships, from powering our business partners to helping our supply partners achieve greater success. Ariane is responsible for optimizing the millions of connections we have with the travel ecosystem that fuels our marketplace as we aim to deploy the power of our platform through these partnerships.

The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group has announced its commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, reinforcing its long-standing strategy of working towards decarbonisation and environmental sustainability across its operations.

The Group’s airlines, Singapore Airlines, Scoot and SIA Cargo, will use multiple levers to achieve this goal. These include investing in new-generation aircraft, achieving higher operational efficiency, adopting low-carbon technology such as sustainable aviation fuels, and sourcing for high quality carbon offsets.

SIA Group has pursued multiple projects in support of its sustainability goals even amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. For example, the Group completed the installation of solar panels on all of its office buildings in Singapore. This generates renewable energy that provides up to 18 per cent of its electricity demand, or enough to power around 2,300 four-room apartments in Singapore for a year.

In 2020, SIA rolled out a new regional Economy Class meal concept that offers increased food choices for customers. It features tableware comprising sustainable paper packaging and bamboo cutlery, reducing the amount of single-use plastics in the cabin. This packaging weighs 50 per cent less, helping to lower fuel consumption. Everything from the tableware to the food waste will be sent to an eco-digestor to be converted to refuse-derived energy pellets that can replace fossil fuels and coal.

Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Airlines, said, “We have remained focused on our sustainability goals even as we navigated the Covid-19 pandemic. We know that this is also an increasingly important issue to both our customers and staff. With today’s pledge to achieve net-zero emissions, we buttress the SIA Group’s leadership position on this topic and reinforce our commitment to finding ways to tackle our impact on the environment.

He added, “Today, the most effective and direct way for an airline to materially lower carbon emissions is by operating a young fleet of aircraft. The SIA Group’s fleet has an average age of under six years, making it one of the youngest in the world. Over the last year, we have retired 45 older aircraft. We will be gradually replacing them with new-generation aircraft that are up to 30 per cent more fuel efficient, and will substantially lower our emissions in coming years. However, we can’t achieve our goals on our own. We will continue to collaborate with governments, the airline industry, and partners such as aircraft manufacturers, technology providers, and fuel suppliers, both in Singapore and around the world. We must work together to push the envelope, and find innovative solutions that help us meet our targets on this journey.”

How the SIA Group aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050

The SIA Group’s aircraft fleet has an average age of five years 10 months, and it continues to invest in the latest technology. The Group’s order book comprises new-generation models such as Airbus’ A350-900 and A320neo Family and Boeing’s 777-9, 787 Family and 737-8 Max. These aircraft are up to 30 per cent more fuel-efficient and have reduced carbon emissions compared to older models.

There is also a relentless focus on increasing fuel efficiency through improvements in operational procedures. For example, the SIA Group has invested in engineering improvement packages for airframes and engines which help to reduce drag and improve engine efficiency. The Group’s airlines continuously aim to improve fuel productivity through initiatives such as reducing fuel usage through aircraft weight management, and optimisation of flight routes. Innovations in technology and data analytics will also pave the way for more significant improvements, and the Group will continue to engage research institutions to explore such ideas.

Singapore Airlines has been an active member of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) since 2011. In 2017, SIA launched a series of green package flights from San Francisco to Singapore that incorporated sustainable aviation fuels, fuel-efficient aircraft and optimised air traffic management measures. In 2020, SIA worked with Stockholm’s Swedavia Airport to uplift sustainable aviation fuels on flights departing from the city. These activities have helped to improve the Group’s understanding of the logistics and procurement of renewable fuels. SIA is actively working with partners and stakeholders to explore opportunities to scale up the adoption of sustainable aviation fuels across our network.

Beyond reducing direct emissions, carbon offsetting can play an important and complementary role. The SIA Group is a participant in the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), which seeks to cap the industry’s growth in carbon emissions from 2020. While offsetting is particularly important in the mid-term, it is also expected to remain relevant in the long run to mitigate residual emissions. In order to secure high quality carbon offsets, the Group will continue exploring pathways through partnership that will allow us to source high quality carbon offsets.

As the SIA Group embarks on this journey towards net zero emissions by 2050, it will continue to collaborate with like-minded partners to develop a robust sustainable aviation fuel supply chain and carbon market. This includes working together with stakeholders in Singapore to develop a holistic decarbonisation plan, which complements Singapore’s goal of strengthening the country’s air hub and maintaining its competitive advantage into the future.



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