Global Youth Forum for sustainable tourism

Published on : Thursday, March 9, 2017

Global Youth ForumThe millennials now are eager to travel and engage in environment-friendly practices and it cannot be denied that the youth today has an active role to play for improving and advancing sustainable tourism. As defined by the UNWTO, sustainable tourism is the “development that meets the needs of present tourists and host regions while protecting and enhancing the opportunity for the future.”

 
Sustainable tourism balances between enjoying the present and doing more for the future. Thus, it is imperative that the young generation, as drivers of the green economy, has a clear understanding of how their travel practices impact this particular sector. Today’s youth needs to know about their role in tourism. At the Global Youth Forum (GYF) 2017 held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC) from February 20 to 21, 2017, the contribution of the millennials in sustainable tourism was discussed.

 

Among those present at this forum were green entrepreneurs and policy makers from the academia, government, and private sectors, who shared their knowledge heritage tourism, ecotourism, voluntourism or volunteering while traveling, community development, and promoting sustainability in their tourism careers.

 

GYF 2017 was co-presented by the International School of Sustainable Tourism; Department of Tourism; Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority; Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA); and Tourism Promotions Board. Guest of honor Senator Richard Gordon delivered a speech at the GYF 2017 opening ceremony where he urged the youth to make a mark in the tourism industry.

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