Published on : Friday, December 6, 2019
The Meaningful Travel Summits are travel industry conventions supporting destinations worldwide through meaningful social impact experiences, inspiration exchange and volunteering, leveraging the influence of travel businesses to make the greatest impact within a destination.
The programs centre on The UN Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) 17 goals designed to transform the world into a healthier and greener global society. While the programs themselves touch on many of the 17, North Lake Tahoe will primarily include education and volunteering experiences around SDG #13: Climate Action, while Colombia will celebrate peace through tourism, SDG #16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
“We are very excited about Tourism Cares’ decision to select Colombia for its next Meaningful Travel Summit. This project is in line with the tourism ProColombia is promoting, one that contributes to our country being a safe, sustainable and high-quality destination. We are investing in tourism that benefits not only travelers, but also travel companies, the environment and the community,” explained Flavia Santoro Trujillo, President of ProColombia, the government entity in charge of promoting non-mining-energy exports, foreign direct investment and tourism in Colombia.
Leaders from major hotels, airlines, global tour operators, tourism associations, media, and the broader travel and hospitality community will come together to explore opportunities for greater investment in community tourism, conservation tourism, and social enterprise, highlighting sustainability efforts and a space for important dialogue on innovative strategies for destination impact.
Creating sustainable communities and preserving fragile habitats not only supports the tourism product long term, but meaningful travel experiences for visitors. From developing unique excursions that support a healthy destination to buying locally produced food and goods, there are endless ways travel companies can create a sustainable future for all.