It's a shame that the travel industry hasn't taken a leadership role in limiting global pollution. The least companies can do is accurately report their pollution, and barely any even do that.
Reduced pollution from travel companies is a good thing. But one has to to wonder about all the companies that are not self-reporting progress on carbon mitigation.
It will take investment to save the coral reef, but one that islands should undertake for the long-term sustainability of their tourism economy.
Intense smog in China at tourist attractions such as the Forbidden City has reduced visitor numbers so Ctrip has wisely created a smog insurance product to dampen travelers' concerns. It's geared toward the domestic market for now, but perhaps it will be expanded.
Because of the air pollution, Paris in the Spring isn't seeming as romantic as usual.
The harmful environment impact of air travel is an issue that extends beyond global events to everyday aviation. The only difference is there's a party responsible for offsetting the gases.
The Chinese government has finally begun addressing the issue of pollution, which is at intolerable levels. It's not much of an enticement for visitors.
There's an irony that China's growth is going to end up slowing its growth because people can no longer move about freely, or breathe freely for that matter.
The ICAO's approval is a much-needed first step, but there is a long way to go before a global carbon emissions plan becomes reality.
We shouldn't expect anything nearly as aggressive as the shuttered EU rules, or anything that could slow growth in emerging markets whatsoever.