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IYSTD LogoThe United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (A/RES/70/193).

This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change.

In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the SDGs.

The #IY2017 will promote tourism’s role in the following five key areas:

 (1)        Inclusive and sustainable economic growth

(2)        Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction

(3)        Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change

(4)        Cultural values, diversity and heritage

(5)        Mutual understanding, peace and security.

Find out more about the five pillars.

 

 

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Specialized Agency for Tourism, has been mandated to facilitate the organization and implementation of the International Year, in collaboration with governments, relevant organizations of the United Nations system, international and regional organizations and other relevant stakeholders.

 

Join us in celebrating 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development!


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The presentation of the International Year will take place in Madrid on 18 January 2017 on the occasion of the Spanish Tourism Fair, FITUR.

Watch the live stream! (in English) January 18, 2017 6:30 PM  

 

UNWTO invites all partners to join the celebrations by sharing their activities and initiatives to advance sustainable tourism for development at www.tourism4development2017.org

More information:

Webportal of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017

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The real world on reel: 20 Oscar-worthy movies about development

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Movies have the power to inspire, to influence and to raise awareness on a wide range of topics. Depictions of real world issues on reel are not uncommon; there have been a growing number of films exploring subject matters like racism, sexism, conflict, poverty and inequality. By Yula Marie Mediavillo.

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The Africa continent is increasingly becoming a desired destination for millions of world-class travelers, who enjoy the white sandy beaches, wildlife safaris, and cultural tours in every region of Africa.

Some 55.7 million international visitors traveled to Africa in 2013, according to the UN World Tourism Organization. Amini Kajunju Read more.

 

October 26 2015 – Indigenous communities are protesting the expansion of Suriname’s international airport. The airport has obtained title to the neighbouring, indigenous land, and wants to expell most of the population of the Arawak villages Hollandse Kamp and Witsanti. Indigenous people reject the airport’s claim that they are the trespassers. Jeremy Smith Read more.

This study defines and explores the nature of impact creep within the context of two contrasting case studies. The methods applied in undertaking this study consisted of a literature review and development and distribution of questionnaires to visitors at Monkey Mia and an interview of managers at Monkey Mia and Tree Top Walk. The project considered impact creep relevant to both public and private facility developments.

by Amanda J. Smith and David Newsome

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Investigation into the Concept of and Factors Leading to Impact Creep and its Management

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Nature-Based Tourism in Australia and Beyond: A Preliminary Investigation

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The purpose of this report is to describe, in an introductory way, the character, magnitude and impact of nature-based tourism within Australia, and to consider the salient issues which will influence the future sustainable development of this crucial sector.

by David Weaver, Bill Faulkner and Laura Lawton

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This is a scoping study aimed at identifying contemporary issues for, and barriers and impediments to, tourism investment in Australia.

by Sally Driml, Jacqui Robinson, Aaron Tkaczynski, Larry Dwyer

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This report focuses on the concept and operation of sustainable tourism precincts in rural and regional areas. The successful development of new precincts and efficient maintenance of existing ones require the appreciation and implementation of a complex range of skills applied to a wide variety of interconnected issues. These include community dynamics, tangible physical infrastructure, the intangible characteristics and values of place, and understandings of sustainability. The study aims to improve understanding of rural and regional tourism precincts by:

  • providing a useful working definition of a precinct;
  • identifying the major issues of precinct development and maintenance;
  • summarising the theoretical and practical state of knowledge of these issues and identify ‘gaps’ in both knowledge and practice;
  • recommending areas of future action on precincts and precinct planning.

by Catriona McLeod, Gregory Nolan and Margaret Bartholomew

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Sustainable Tourism Precincts in Rural and Regional Areas

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The purpose of this book is to bring together a range of research cases focusing on regional tourism destinations in Australia and New Zealand. The key objective is to explore the structures and processes used by regional destinations to foster innovation. The eleven case studies represent many different types of destinations and many different forms of tourism.

by Dean Carson and Jim Macbeth

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Regional Tourism Cases: innovation in regional tourism

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By Willem Niemeijer, Founder and CEO, Khiri Travel

Disclaimer: The views, opinions and positions expressed by the author(s) and those providing comments on these blogs are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) or any employee thereof. We make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, timeliness, suitability or validity of any information presented by individual authors and/or commenters on our blogs and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use.

 

Khiri Travel

Willem Niemeijer, Founder & CEO, Khiri Travel

In a recent interview with PATA Conversations, Shannon Stowell, President of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, said: “Our hope is that destinations will focus on low-impact and high-quality travel…” Quite.

At Khiri Travel we cater to companies that want their guests to have authentic encounters and meaningful experiences that delight and broaden cultural and environmental horizons. These companies often identify themselves as adventure travel operators. They are not catering to outdoor sports people, but to those who see adventure as venturing off the beaten track and finding out what is really going on. Sometimes ‘off the beaten track’ can be one street down from the main tourist attractions.

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