According to the UN resolution, well-designed and well-managed tourism makes a significant contribution to sustainable development, employment and cultural understanding. “It is a unique opportunity to advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental, while raising awareness of the true dimensions of a sector which is often undervalued” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
The resolution also encourages all member states to promote international cooperation and to support sustainable tourism as a means of accelerating sustainable development, especially poverty eradication.
The designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development is highly significant, not only for recognizing the importance of this sector, but also for increasing awareness of the several social benefits it brings. Protection of cultural heritage, appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures and better understanding among different societies are some of the positive consequences that can be more recognized.
At ATC, we are very glad with the declaration and look forward to making ideas happen for sustainable tourism, even more next year.
Find here the approved resolution