CLIA hosted a debate on tourism and sustainability at the annual political festival which takes place in Arendalsuka, Norway. Each year at Arendalsuka citizens get the opportunity to meet and debate with politicians, business leaders, government organisations and media. A key topic of discussion this year was the post-COVID recovery of the international tourism industry in Norway.
Amidst the various exhibitions and events, the CLIA panel discussion featured guests including politicians and senior representatives from the travel industry. Speakers debated ways in which the cruise industry and government can work together to create a sustainable foundation for international travel. The EU Fit for 55 proposals were also on the agenda. The panelists all agreed on the need for action to address climate risk, but equally that it can only happen with the government, authorities, and industry working together in close collaboration.
Thanks to all the participants in our panel: the Mayor of Stad Municipality, Alfred Bjørlo, (Liberal Party), the Mayor of Vestvågøy municipality, Remi Solberg (Labour), the Director of travel and tourism at VIRKE, Astrid Bergmål, the deputy chair of the Green Party, (Hordaland County) Arild Hermstad and VP, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Tor Svensen.