Published on : Friday, February 3, 2017
King Felipe VI of Spain, His Majesty, headed of International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, controlled by World Tourism Organization or UNWTO. Ministers across the world attended this celebration. This event brought to forefront enormous possibility of tourism and its contribution in developing various countries within the said structure of Sustainable Development Goal benefiting the local communities and promoting cultural and natural preservation.
The event took place in El Pardo Palace in Madrid City. This was attended by Prime Minister of Georgia, the Vice-President of Honduras, more than 40 tourism ministers and other senior officials from 57 different countries.
To quote the UNWTO Secretary-General, “In 2016, more than 1.2 billion people travelled around the world for tourism purposes and another 6 billion people travelled domestically”. He also highlighted to move toward sustainable tourism in every sphere.
To quote the Secretary-general, “In parallel with the growth of the sector, there is also increased responsibility to advance towards greater sustainability, equity, inclusiveness and peace in our societies’’. To quote His Majesty the King, “There are many reasons for declaring 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, such as greater appreciation of different cultures and thus peace among peoples. To have been chosen as the host country for the launch of the International Year is an acknowledgement of Spain’s commitment in areas such as ecotourism, cultural tourism and agro-tourism initiatives’’.