The tourist industry is fundamental to the UK’s economy. 16.8m tourists visited the uk last year , up 1.3m on the previous year. Circa 73% of these tourists arrived in the UK vi aviation. With the number of tourists expected to increase year on year for the foreseeable future and pressure to to improve its capacity , how can the UK ensure sustainable growth?
Visit Britain , the national tourism agency has identified three major ares for improvement. It is estimated that aviation contributes 3% of total greenhouse gases globally , with the UK taking 0.1% share of that figure. As the UK’s aviation industry grows it is anticipated that improvements can be made in three important areas.One is operational excellence . Tighter air traffic control procedures will mean more direct flights between airports , hence cutting down on emissions. Another area for improvement is with in the manufacturing of engines. It is estimated that a jet engine will be 10% more efficient by 2020 compared to 2005. Finally , a greater use of third generation bio fuels , which do not compete with food crops for land use and will remove the same amount of CO2 from the atmosphere that will be produced when they are burned as fuel. If these initiatives prove successful then growth in the UK aviation industry stands a very good chance of being responsible and sustainable.
Source Visit Britain
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