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Data-driven sustainable tourism: dealing with climate change

Period:2020
Client:NRIT Research, NBTC-NIPO Research, CBS
Product:Eijgelaar et al. (2020). Travelling large in 2018; Neelis et al. (2020). Travelling Large in 2014 ‘Inbound tourism’; Neelis et al. (2020). Travelling large, the carbon footprint of Dutch business travel in 2016; van Adrichem et al. (2021). Verslag workshop: Inzichten in de carbon footprint van reiziger.
This project (2019-2020) extended the knowledge and scope of carbon footprinting in tourism. At the start of this project, the carbon footprint of holidaymakers was available as time-series based on the CVO (Continue Vakantie Onderzoek) for the years 2002, 2005 and all between 2008 and 2018. For one year, 2009, a report has also been written about inbound tourism. The carbon footprint of business travel has not been determined, whereas there has been considerable interest throughout the years from businesses to assess and mitigate their travel footprints. There is also increasing policy attention for travel footprints. In 2018, a modified setup of the CVO caused the need to revise our statistical model and correction factors to be developed to counter the potential effects of a trend-breach.
This project aimed to check and improve the current syntax for Dutch holidaymakers, adjust the one for inbound tourism, and develop a new one for Dutch business travel. The project output includes a report on the carbon footprint of Dutch holidaymakers for 2018, on inbound tourism for 2014, and on Dutch business travel for 2016, based on the CVO, inbound tourim dataset, and CZO. The project ended with a workshop with stakeholders to identify the way forward in tourism carbon footprinting in the Netherlands (tools, applications, etc.).

The four project reports are the following: NBTC published this article about the project and its results.