UNWTO News 69

Release Date: 
21 Nov 17

UNWTO, the Government of Jamaica, the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank will co-host a Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth on 27-29 November in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Under the theme ‘Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’, the event will assess and discuss the future of the sector in the Caribbean, particularly in view of the impacts of natural disasters such as the recent hurricane Irma.

Over 60 ministers of tourism and private sector leaders gathered on 7 November in London for the UNWTO / WTM Ministers’ Summit on ‘overtourism’. Moderated by CNN International’s Max Foster, the Summit concluded on the need for the tourism sector to engage more and better with local communities.

Demand for international tourism remained strong during the Northern Hemisphere summer peak season. International tourist arrivals in July and August totalled over 300 million for the first time ever according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Many destinations reported double-digit growth, in particular in the Mediterranean.

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai has visited Madagascar to express the Organization’s full support to the tourism sector. Madagascar’s tourism is facing a challenging situation following a plague outbreak which has prompted some countries to implement travel restrictions with Madagascar. Mr Rifai recalled the World Health Organization (WHO) advises no restriction on travel or trade on Madagascar.  

The travellers’ competition closed with 2,400 submissions and one lucky winner: Katie Diederichs, who will be embarking on an unforgettable trip across six different countries to tell the world how tourism can make a positive change.  

The UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories welcomes the establishment of two new observatories in Indonesia on the occasion of the International Sustainable Tourism Conference that took place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from 31 October to 1 November 2017. The two new observatories are hosted by the Research Centre for Culture and Tourism of the Udayana University, responsible for monitoring Sanur’s sustainable tourism, and the University of Sumatera Utara, responsible for monitoring Pangururan sustainable tourism destination. They are located in the Eastern part of Denpasar City, Bali Province, and in Lake Toba, Samosir Regency, respectively. UNWTO thanks the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia for expanding the concept and including observatory and certification as an integral part of its commitment to sustainability.

More information on the UNWTO Network of Observatories

2017 Global INSTO Meeting (13-14 December 2017, Madrid, Spain)

This issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer and the accompanying Statistical Annex include an analysis of preliminary results for international tourism for the first eight months of 2017 based on arrivals and receipts data reported by destinations around the world, as well as on international tourism expenditure data for source markets around the world.

The United Nations designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Year has promoted the change in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour towards a more sustainable tourism sector that can contribute to all the 17 SDGs.

2017 has provided a unique opportunity to explore and highlight tourism’s potential to help transform our world into a place of prosperity and wellbeing for all. As one of the largest and fastest-growing socio-economic sectors of our times, tourism can stimulate economic growth, create decent jobs and business opportunities, helping millions of people escape poverty and improve their livelihoods.

The IY2017 Closing Ceremony will bring the International community to commit for realizing the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through tourism, at the national and global level.

The IY2017 Closing is not only the end of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, but most importantly the initiatives and actions initiated in 2017 will provide a roadmap for the global community at large to embrace sustainable practices and maximize the engagement in the global development agenda.

The Event will take stock of achievements and progress in advocacy for tourism, and most importantly provide the global community a path towards the future with the introduction to a Tourism and SDGs Platform. The Platform will provide from 2018 to 2030 a space for sharing and co-creation so as the sector can embrace the 2030 Agenda and contribute to prosper and sustainable future for people and the planet.

About the event

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development website

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