Taleb Rifai, the UNWTO Secretary-General has clarified that “tourism is a surprisingly strong and resilient economic activity as well as a fundamental contributor to the economic activity” in his opening speech at Spain Global Tourism Forum . As the tourism has gained more popularity and importance, with many projects being implemented around the world, it attracted people’s attention to the questions of how to develop tourism policies.
In this sense, tourism has become internationally and officially recognized within the UN dialogue like the UN Commission on sustainable Development (1999) for the question of ‘quality tourism’ rather than its ‘quantifiable volume’. The dominant agenda on tourism development has moved its focus from ‘how much developed’ to ‘how well developed’, which called for the need of sustainable development. Finally, sustainable tourism has been clearly adopted in the final draft of the Post-2015 Development Agenda which pursues a will of sustainable development in tourism.
In this regards, the workshop will raise awareness on UN initiatives for sustainable tourism. It also includes a solid grasp of its principles, strategies, challenges & opportunities and financial cooperation by looking at some case studies such as a community-based policy development method. Through the live voices of international/ national/ local experts, the participants will have a chance to develop the relevant policies to promote their natural and cultural heritage site for social, environmental and economic benefits.