For Media

Hotels for Press
Accommodation levels in Rio de Janeiro are anticipated to be at full occupancy during the conference. While it is not the responsibility of the United Nations to procure accommodation for the media, it should be noted that the Brazilian national organizing committee for Rio+20 has committed to blocking a minimum of 500 hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro for media covering the conference. Costs must be covered by the media. For more details, visit: http://www.rio20.gov.br For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

Emails: reservas2@terramar.tur.br or reservas4@terramar.tur.br or reservas8@terramar.tur.br

Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy rio20.hoteis@itamaraty.gov.br when requesting their accommodations.

Information

Ict green efforts could pose a threat to travel and tourism sector
For the first time, the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector has been given an official mandate to start exploring ways to help save the environment by promoting cutbacks in the travel and transportation sector. The mandate, which could present significant problems, especially for the economics of the traditional meetings and business travel sector, is contained in a report issued after the 6th International Telecommunications Union Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change held in Accra, Ghana from July 7 to 8 this year. The meeting was intended as a preparatory session for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD 2012 or Rio+20).

The document says there is growing recognition of "the increasingly widespread use of ICTs in changing many people's lives and boosting economic growth".

In the past few years, leisure travel has benefited substantially from the improvements in ICTs, especially the low-cost airlines and online travel agencies which have broken the traditional bookings structures long considered to be the exclusive domains of the traditional scheduled airlines and the global distribution systems. However, travel for business and meetings is believed to be ready for some scale-backs, especially due to executive time constraints and other cost-cutting priorities.

Last month, the telecommunications service provider Verizon announced that it has concluded an agreement with India's Tata Communications to extend the range of its immersive video, or telepresence, offering to enable virtual face-to-face collaboration in more locations around the world.

The agreement enables meetings to take place between Verizon's telepresence customers and any public or private telepresence room on the Tata Communications Global Meeting Exchange, claimed to be one of the broadest telepresence networks accessible today and a gateway to the company's public room network spanning 31 cities on five continents.
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