Support for sustainability year

LONDON, 9 February 2017: Travel-related associations worldwide have endorsed UNWTO’s initiative to designate 2017, International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

Global Travel Association Coalition, which brings together the major global travel associations and organisations, said in a statement Wednesday it was an opportunity to underline the immense socio-economic opportunities, and encourage understanding, peace and sustainable development, worldwide.

GTAC consists of the major associations in the global travel and tourism sector, namely ACI, CLIA, IATA, ICAO, PATA, UNWTO WEF, and WTTC.

inside no 12It aims to promote a better understanding of industry’s role as a driver of economic growth and employment, and to ensure governments develop policies that contribute to the profitable, sustainable and long-term growth of the industry.

Speaking on behalf of GTAC, Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UNWTO, said: “Every year, 1.2 billion people travel abroad. These, and the billions more who travel domestically, create a sector which contributes 10% of global GDP to the world’s economies and 1 in 11 jobs. Tourism has become a passport to prosperity, a driver of peace, and a transformative force for improving millions of lives.”

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said in his message on the occasion of the launch of the International Year held in Madrid, Spain, 18 January:

“The world can and must harness the power of tourism as we strive to carry out the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Three of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include targets that relate to tourism: Goal 8 on promoting growth and decent work, Goal 12 on ensuring sustainable consumption and production, and Goal 14 on conserving marine resources.”