Charles asks for green tourism

Prince Charles has warned the tourism industry it must make efforts on a “heroic scale” in order to combat the effect it is having on the environment.

The Prince of Wales made the comments in a speech to the tourism industry at the annual convention of travel organisation Abta in Gran Canaria, adding much was already being done but initiatives should be “redoubled”.

He said: “As the number of travellers increases dramatically, the efforts which have to be taken by the travel and tourism business to minimise those impacts needs to be on a heroic scale.”

During his video message, the prince warned that unless more was done to combat the negative effects of travel the wonders of the world people journeyed to see would be ruined.

Charles’ speech came shortly after it was announced he will be completing a 10-day tour of the Far East.

Clarence House justified the trip – which will take place from October 27 and see the prince and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, visiting Japan and Brunei, with the prince continuing on to Indonesia – by claiming the Government regarded the visit as vital to cement British relations in the Far East.

Last year, Prince Charles was criticised by MP David Miliband, then the Environment Secretary, when he flew to New York to accept an environmental award.