The First World Conference on Tourism for Development, taking place in Beijing from May 18 to 21, will give a significant boost to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a director at the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said in an interview with Xinhua.
Dirk Glaesser, director of UNWTO’s Sustainable Development Program, said tourism has contributed UN goals such as promoting economic growth, allowing prosperity and development.
“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 in 2015 with the aim of fighting poverty, ending inequality and injustice, and combating climate change among other things.
Glaesser said international tourism had grown from around 25 million travelers in the 1950s to “almost 1.2 billion tourist arrivals,” in 2015.
In this context, the Beijing conference will dedicate a session to “Tourism for Peace” looking at how visiting a country helps promote better understanding between people. Read More