United Nations declares 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, adopted on 4 December, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.
This decision follows the recognition by global leaders at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) that “well-designed and well-managed tourism” can contribute to the three dimensions of sustainable development, to job creation and to trade.
The decision to adopt 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development comes at a particularly important moment as the international community embraces the new Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), approved by the UN General Assembly last September. Tourism is included as targets under three of the SDGs - SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all; SDG 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production and SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
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Tourism and the SDGs
World Charter for Sustainable Tourism +20, Basque Country 2015
Twenty years after the 1995 Charter for Sustainable Tourism, major changes have lead today’s world and its travel and tourism industry towards rethinking and updating the terms and objectives of the initial declaration in order to give new drive and meaning to the commitment to sustainability in this key sector.
The World Summit on Sustainable Tourism (ST+20) in the Basque Country has therefore been the major event at the end of 2015, bringing together the key actors in sustainable tourism in the search for a new drive to work towards its goals. These have been clustered as follows:
Preserving our Common Heritage
Tourism Supporting Biodiversity
Climate Change & Tourism
Redistributing Wealth and Looking for Peace
Partnerships for a Sustainable Future
Intelligent Visions and Innovation
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Read about the Themes
Travel and tourism sector unites behind Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto
For the first time ever, Europe’s public and private tourism actors have come together to call for the European Union to do more for this important industry. Published to coincide with the European Tourism Day on Wednesday 16th December, the Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto highlights the key EU policy priorities for the sector in the coming years on topics ranging from skills and qualifications to sustainability and competitiveness of Europe’s tourism.
The manifesto was officially launched at an event held at the Confcommercio Delegation to the European Union on Wednesday 9th December 2015, which was attended by the MEPs Ana-Claudia Tapardel, Cláudia Monteiro De Aguiar, Isabella De Monte and István Ujhelyi. The European Commission was also represented by Jakub Cebula, Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, and Carlo Corazza, Head of Unit - Tourism, Creative and Emerging Industries.
Over 20 European organisations have already signed up to the manifesto which seeks to ensure that the continent remains an attractive destination and that the sector continues to make a significant contribution to the EU economy. The manifesto contains 8 key points:
Skills and qualification
You can find the full online version here: www.tourismmanifesto.eu
Promote a pan-European dialogue between cruise operators, ports and coastal tourism stakeholders, European Commission DG Maritime Affairs 2015
As part of EU's Blue Growth strategy, the coastal and maritime tourism sector has been identified as an area with special potential to foster a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe. It is the biggest maritime sector in terms of gross value added and employment and, according to the Blue Growth Study , is expected to grow by 2-3% by 2020. In 2012, Cruise tourism alone represented 330,000 jobs and a direct turnover of €15.5 billion and growth prognosis area positive.
In 2014 the European Commission adopted the Communication “A European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism” (20.2.2014, COM(2014) 86 final). Action n° 3 thereof provides for the Commission to “Promote a pan-European dialogue between cruise operators, ports and coastal tourism stakeholders”.
The first Mediterranean Regional Cruise Dialogue has just been held in Olbia, Italy, on 14 October 2015.
You may find the final report of this Dialogue under the following e-link.