Madrid, Dec. 5 -- The travel and tourism sector, with its significant economic and social benefits, has no choice but to transform to survive and thrive in the face of climate change.

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said this to industry representatives at UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 2019 (COP25) taking place from December 2-13 in Madrid.

In 2018, the industry generated 10.4 per cent of the global Gross Domestic Product-or more than USD 8.8 trillion-but climate change puts those numbers, and more, at risk.

Despite these numbers, the travel and tourism also accounts for around 8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions that are contributing to climate change.