Selective Asia declares a climate emergency

At Selective Asia, we've long promoted the many great benefits of travel; both to the traveller and - when operated responsibly - the communities and the environments that they visit. We are strong advocates of travel being a force for good. As individual travellers and as a company, formed in 2006, we have witnessed many of these benefits first hand and have taken great pleasure in promoting and delivering travel experiences that bring genuine benefit to the destinations that we operate in.

However, we have also come to understand the negative aspects of the industry and the world we love. We recognise that travel is a carbon intensive pastime and planet earth faces a climate crisis. From melting glaciers in the Himalaya's causing rising water levels and increased floods, to extreme fires and weather events. We are at a cross-roads and if we do not act now there will not be a second chance.

We are proud to be a founding signatory of Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency -  a group of like-minded, responsible travel businesses coming together and collectively declaring a climate emergency. 

As part of Tourism Declares:

  • We publicly accept the current IPCC advice that we need to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030 to keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of warming.
  • We commit to publicly communicating both our plan and our progress.
  • We will continue to work internally and with our partners to develop responsible, low carbon footprint, products and actively promote and encourage responsible hotels, vessels and modes of transport in our destinations.
  • We will work with our suppliers and partners, to encourage them to make their own declaration, and with the Tourism Declares community to share best practice and solutions with the wider travel industry.
  • We recognise the need for system change across the industry, and will join others in calling for urgent regulatory action to accelerate the transition towards zero carbon air travel.