2017 is the Year of Sustainable Tourism

Lisa Orrenius - January 12th 2017

Policy change

Sustainable traveling is on a roll!

It’s not just us, it’s snowballing, isn’t? Conscious traveling, sustainable tourism… call it what you want but it’s here to stay. More than to stay, to take over hopefully. 

The United Nations is fully on board.

In fact, the UN has declared 2017 The International Year of Sustainable Tourism. 

What it means? It means that for the next 12 months, UN will come together to celebrate and promote the contribution of the tourism sector to building a better world. Concretely, a range of activities will be launched to support change in policies, business practices and consumer (this is us!) behavior for a sturdier, more responsible, more sustainable tourism sector. More people will know what benefits a sustainable approach will generate. We already know that tourism is growing (see past blog posts!) and this initiative is at the core about capitalizing on this growth for a positive change and impact around us – in people, in our earth, in our cultures.

Much much more can be done and an openness, curiosity and bravery for doing things in a new way will need to drive these changes. It won’t happen by itself and we all play a role here.

If you have found your way to this blog, you probably know this already but with the right policies in place, tourism can contribute to gender equality, the preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity, the protection of natural and cultural heritage, and offers solutions to many other pressing challenges our world is facing today. 

Find out more about the International Year of Sustainable Tourism here!