The UN has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
As one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors in the world, tourism can stimulate economic growth, create decent jobs and business opportunities, help preserve ecosystems and biodiversity, contribute to protecting cultural heritage, and support the peace-building process.
The United Nations World Trade Organisation (UNWTO) has been mandated to facilitate the organisation and implementation of the International Year.
2017 International Year themes
- Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
- Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
- Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change
- Cultural values, diversity and heritage
- Mutual understanding, peace and security
International Conference on Managing Growth for Sustainable Tourism Development: Indigenous, Authentic and Halal Tourism.
Tourism and climate change in the Pacific
As part of a large research program on ecosystem based adaptation to climate change, new knowledge is being generated on how tourism can support a broad mix of climate adaptation measures in ecologically sensitive environments. The project also assesses the socio-economic benefits of different adaptation options.