Experts and political leaders places tourism as key in sustainable development of Islands

Published on : Thursday, September 19, 2013

unwtoOver 150 participants from 30 countries gathered in St Denis, La Reunion, at the UNWTO/Government of FranceConference on Sustainable Development of Tourism in Islands, and called for tourism to be placed as a key element in the debate on sustainable development in Islands (Réunion Island, France, 11-13 September 2013).

In recognition of the importance of tourism to the economy and sustainable development of many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other islands, and the specific opportunities and challenges for islands in pursuing sustainable tourism, the Conference called on UN bodies and other international agencies, the governments of SIDS, the national and local authorities of other islands and the tourism industry , to place tourism as a priority in the development agenda of islands.

The UNWTO/Government of France Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development highlighted the following key issues:

The detailed 14 point recommendations drawn from the Conference shall be transmitted by UNWTO to the United Nations Secretariat as the contribution of the tourism sector to the debate on the sustainable development of islands, in view of the Third International Conference on SIDS to be held in Samoa in September 2014.

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