Published on : Friday, May 6, 2016
The first World Conference on Tourism for Development, to be held in Beijing from May 18 to 21, will dedicate a session to “Tourism for Peace” to look at how visiting a country helps promote better understanding between peoples.
Dirk Glaesser, the director of the UNWTO’s Sustainable Development Programme, in an interview with Xinhua in Madrid said, the World Conference on Tourism will give a significant boost towards reaching the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Sustainable development in the tourism sector and society is very much needed,” he added.
A total of 17 SDGs were adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit at the end of 2015 with the aim of fighting poverty, ending inequality and injustice, and combating climate change among other things.
He added that tourism could promote improved infrastructures in many parts of the developing world. This was also linked to the question of accessibility, which was becoming increasingly important with an aging global population, he noted.
Other SDGs which could benefit from tourism were education, as workers learned skills to deal with international visitors, Glaesser said.