UNESCO Joins Launch of International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017

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The United Nations has proclaimed 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, in recognition of the tremendous potential of the tourism industry, which accounts for some 10% of the world’s economic activity, to contribute to the fight against poverty and foster mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue, which are at the heart of UNESCO’s mission.

Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UNWTO, underscored international tourism’s potential for positive change, prosperity and wellbeing for all. “As our sector continues to grow, so does its responsibility to propel us into a future of sustainability, equity, inclusion and peace,” he said. “With over 1.2 billion people now crossing international borders each year, tourism represents a golden opportunity to break down the barriers of ignorance and prejudices,” states Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova in her message  for the International Year.

UNESCO and the International Year of Sustainable Tourism

UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism