Sustainable Tourism - A tool for development and poverty eradication
Today, tourism generates 10% of the world's GDP, 1 in every 10 jobs and 30% of world trade in services. It is key to many countries' economies and livelihoods.
The United Nations General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, underscoring its power to help eradicate poverty.
Tourism is also singled out in three of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals - part of an ambitious global plan adopted by the international community in 2015 that is setting the tone for development through to 2030. Specifically, tourism is tied to the goals on sustainable economic growth and decent employment, sustainable production and consumption, as well as the conservation and sustainable use of oceans.
Sustainable tourism must ensure viable, long-term economic operations, providing benefits that are distributed fairly among all stakeholders