Sustainable tourism a healthy solution for Macau

Published on : Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Global Tourism Economy ForumTaleb Rifai who is the secretary-general of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and chairman of the Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF) mentioned on Monday that the challenge for every nation was to make sure that the growth, sustainability and progress are all interlinked to each other.


Rifai had made the remarks in a speech at the opening ceremony at Grand Hyatt Macau in Cotai.


He asserted that the concept of sustainability is essential as it elevates life on earth to higher levels for future generations. He feels that sustainable tourism is not a zero-sum game but quite a win-win situation. In a meeting with the media later he was enquired by a reported as to how urbanization can strike a successful balance with the preservation of cultural heritage in developing Asian nations.


As per the regional news media of Macau, Rifai said that he did not like utilizing the word ‘balance’ since the word describes a situation in which something does down while the other goes up.


He feels that it is actually a challenge to man’s attitude.


Rifai said that he disagreed with the idea of ‘too much tourism’ adding that it was a challenge for management to deal with. The problem is that everyone wished to visit the same thing at the same time at the same place in the same season and the need of the hour is to be able to diffuse the energy into the countryside.


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