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Webinar: Responsible Travel Makers Climate Week NY Edition

This webinar was recorded on September 22, 2020

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Wayaj, Inc.

Wayaj participates in Climate Week New York for the second year with "Responsible Travel Makers - Climate Week Edition", three live panels that bring together international leaders in sustainable tourism to discuss the challenges and solutions of the industry during the current climate crisis.

The panels will take place on September 22nd, 23rd and 24th from 8.00 a.m to 8.30 am EDT, and they will be in the format of informal morning chats between sustainability experts and industry professionals.

Each discussion is going to explore the relationship between climate change and different aspects of tourism while highlighting what travelers, as well as travel professionals, can do to reduce and reverse the negative consequences of pollution and global climate change.

This topic is especially current because the travel industry has been deeply affected by the worldwide travel bans, and many industry insiders would like to take this opportunity to rebuild the industry on more sustainable premises.

Today's topic: Introduction to the human impact involved in climate change and specifically through tourism.

Guest speaker: Jeremy Smith: Co-Founder of Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency

Jeremy Smith is a writer, speaker and sustainable tourism consultant. He is co-founder of Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency, an initiative that supports tourism destinations, businesses and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and working together to reduce their carbon emissions in line with IPCC guidance.

He is the author of Transforming Travel - realising the potential of sustainable tourism (2018), and co-founder and editor of, the travel industry sustainable tourism website news site. He consults widely on sustainable tourism, with recent clients including Tripadvisor, Travel Foundation, the UK National Parks, WTTC and the European Travel Commission.

Joined by:

  • Nikki Mattei: Chartered Marketer, Hotel Sustainability Marketing Manager, Wayaj
  • A British native living in Italy, Nikki Mattei specializes in ethical marketing and has worked in both B2B and B2C across a variety of sectors including organic health & wellbeing, sustainable fashion and green tourism. She is driven by the central belief that profit, people and planet should be valued in equal measure.
    Nikki offers sustainability marketing support to hoteliers and property owners on the Wayaj platform to ensure that they communicate their sustainable offer effectively and authentically.
  • Logan Cohen (moderator): LEED AP, ENV SP, Sustainability Specialist, Wayaj
  • Logan Cohen is the designer of Wayaj's sustainability tools, such as the Hotel Sustainability Rating, which scores the performance of hundreds of hotels in over 100 countries and the upcoming Hotel Carbon Footprint Engine.
    Logan has experience across several industries in measuring waste and carbon, as well as in creating targeted solutions to reduce their impacts.

Webinar: Responsible Travel Makers Climate Week NY Edition is organized by

Johanne Dorvil