UN Designates 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism

Announced by: World Tourism Organization

The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector that contributes to the SDGs.

“With more than one billion international tourists now traveling the world each year, tourism has become a powerful and trans-formative force that is making a genuine difference in the lives of millions of people. The potential of tourism for sustainable development is considerable.  As one of the world’s leading employment sectors, tourism provides important livelihood opportunities, helping to alleviate poverty and drive inclusive development.”

  – United Nations Secretary-General, Banki-moon, World Tourism Day Message, 2015

The Ministry of Tourism of Mexico, the German National Tourism Board, All Nippon Airways, the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre, Macao, China, the Balearic Islands Tourism Agency, Minube, Amadeus, the European Geoparks Network, The Travel Corporation and DDB are among the first sponsors to join UNWTO to support the program of activities of the Year.

“The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, to be launched in January in Madrid, is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the general public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai.

The year will promote tourism’s role in the following five key areas:

  1. Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
  1. Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
  1. Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change
  1. Cultural values, diversity and heritage
  1. Mutual understanding, peace and security

A full program of activities will be unveiled on 18 January on the occasion of the Opening of the International Year.

2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development – World Tourism Organization

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico will host a Sustainable Tourism program for Travel Agents and International Press on January 10-13, 2017. (See: Travel Agents and Press Invited to Sun & Fun Sustainable Tourism Event in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo on January 10-13, 2017)

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