2017 has been proclaimed the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the United Nations' 70th General Assembly.
The UNWTO and the larger United Nations system worked all year to increase public and private sector decision-makers' and the general public's awareness of the value of sustainable tourism to development. At the same time, UNWTO took the initiative to rally all stakeholders to collaborate in order to turn tourism into a catalyst for good change.
The idea of sustainable tourism is to only have a beneficial influence on the country or region being visited in terms of its environment, society, and economy. According to the UN, sustainable tourism can benefit developing nations by alleviating poverty, preserving the environment, and generally raising standard of living.
The historic year was celebrated in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). It emphasized the significance of governmental regulations, commercial practices, and consumer behavior in creating a more sustainable travel industry that can support the SDGs.
The following five important areas were where the #IY2017 promoted tourism's role:
Sustainable and inclusive economic growth
Employment, social inclusion, and poverty reduction
Climate change, environmental preservation, and resource efficiency
ideals, variety, and history of cultures
Mutual understanding, security, and peace.
Inclusive and long-term economic expansion
Employment, reducing poverty, and promoting social inclusion
Resource conservation, environmental safeguards, and climate change