World tourism summit focus on sustainability

Published on : Thursday, May 19, 2016

globeThe first World Conference on Tourism for Development which attracted more than 300 delegates from over 100 countries, including several heads of state, continued in Beijing on Thursday. The three-day conference features ‘Tourism for Peace and Development’ as its theme.

The congregation aims to advance the contributions of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Li Shihong, deputy director of China National Tourism Administration, said “Now we must protect our landscape and ecosystem in order to turn the ecological environment into the most important tourist resource. We must boost tourism through protection of the ecological environment.”

The World Tourism Organization said international tourism has grown from around 25 million travellers in the 1950s to nearly 1.2 billion tourist arrivals last year. The sector now accounts for about 10 percent of global GDP and 9 percent of global employment.

The World Tourism Organization also believes it’s important to amalgamate sustainability with tourism. Since tourism has been included in the sustainable development goals, more responsible and sustainable tourist consumption is expected.

According to the UN, tourism is one of the most dynamic economic sectors that can make huge contributions to the achievement of the sustainable development targets, particularly in job creation and sustainable consumption.

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