Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017
The sustainable development of Fiji and the tourism sector of the Pacific depend heavily on their ability to adapt to climate change. During an event hosted by the UNWTO, this was said by Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya while addressing high level dignitaries from 57 countries.
The event was held in Madrid, Spain and launched the UNWTO 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. To quote the minister, “Therefore it is important to work together in harnessing the potential of tourism to grow our economies, foster greater inclusion in our societies and preserve our culture and environment. We share this planet, we share a duty to its wellbeing, and we owe each other mutual understanding and respect. Let us work together to keep our development sustainable, whether it be in tourism, agriculture, sport or any other source of prosperity and progress for our citizens.”
Mr. Koya said that it is the government’s responsibility to ensure serious and sustainable development for tourism activities. He said that tourism accounts for 29.4% of Fiji’s GDP and is a vital source of employment for Fiji’s people.
Mr. Koya said, “Fiji will do everything in our power to help forge international consensus on how to reduce carbon emissions and help protect vulnerable areas of the globe from the extreme weather events and rising.”
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