Sustainable tourism drives tourism development in Africa

Published on : Friday, January 27, 2017

Sustainable tourism n Africa2017 has been declared as the “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development” by the United Nations. It was launched officially by the UNWTO on January 18 in Madrid. To quote the UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, “In 2016, more than 1.2 billion people travelled around the world for tourism purposes and another 6 billion people travelled domestically.”

 

He stressed on the need for promoting sustainable tourism throughout the world. UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres said, “Tourism has become a pillar of economies, a passport to prosperity, and a transformative force for improving millions of lives. The world can and must harness the power of tourism as we strive to carry out the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

 
Dr. Rifai said tourism should be promoted that is respectful of the environment for preserving countries’ resources and natural wealth. Sustainable tourism is also important for stimulating economies, creating jobs and incomes and development of countries and their populations. With its abundance of exceptional flora and fauna, legendary landscapes and varied cultural heritage, Africa offers a largely untapped tourism potential.

 

Representing over 15% of the world population, the continent currently attracts a small share of the world’s tourists. However, tourism sector in the continent has increased nearly fourfold in the last 15 years. In 2014, the sector accounted for 8.7 million jobs in Africa.

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

arrow2Follow TTW
 
facebook-logo  twitter-logo  LinkedIn_logo  stumbleupon-logo   rss_logo 
ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo

ADVERTISEMENT

  • 02 WTM London 2018
  • 03 imexamerica 2018
  • 08 theleisureshow 18
  • 09 cibtm 2018
  • 09 Seatrade Cruise Med 2018
  • 10 Astana leisure 2018
  • 10 ITE-HCMC 2018
  • 11 lodgingconference 18
  • 11 ttgincontri 2018
  • 12 plannersxtraordinaire 2018
  • 13 aite 2018
  • 14 aviation-festival 2018
  • 14 CITIE 2018
  • 14 SATTE 2019
  • 14 traveltechme 2018
  • 15 TravelDaily TDC 18
  • 16 OTDYKH 2018
  • 17 Hotel Show dubai 18
  • 18 hospitalityqatar 18
  • 18 Hotel Management Asia Summit 2018
  • 18 thincindonesia 2018
  • 19 bricsaconsulting 2018
  • 20 CITE_TTW 2018
  • 20 europecongress 18
  • 20 sahicsouthamerica 2018
  • 21 bitmchina 2018
  • 22 Hotel Management Singapore Summit 18
  • 23 PTM 2018
  • 30 PATA

TRAVEL INDUSTRY EVENTS

Get our toolbar!
Review www.travelandtourworld.com on alexa.com