Water scarcity warning
Dubai, June 9, 2007
The lack of water in the Middle East could become a major constraint on the region's ability to attract and sustain the desired level of tourists, says a European think tank.
Experts from the UK-based group also argue that long-term development plans may also have to be curtailed, unless measures are taken to reduce CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions and water and electricity wastage.
'The attention being paid to climate change and sustainability issues is rising fast,' says a report entitled 'The Future of Travel and Tourism in the Middle East - A Vision to 2020.'
'A critical point could soon be reached where carbon allowances and reduction targets are imposed on firms and individuals,' it says.
'Future visitor forecasts and development plans may need to be scaled back and greater focus put on the environmental footprints of existing and new developments.'
'Can the region respond by establishing global best practice standards on emissions, energy efficiency and waste?,' the study asks.
The think tank, which was formed last September, works with companies to develop insights and pragmatic responses to the trends and forces shaping the future.
Made up of global specialists, researchers and consultants, it aims to provide practical and actionable insight and advice on future trends and opportunities.TradeArabia News Service