Tourism is far more than tourism alone. From infrastructure and communication to food production and transport, tourism’s considerable economic weight gives it the responsibility and the power to play a key role in any framework supporting the sustainable and responsible development of economies and societies, in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Not only has tourism been a sector of consistently above-average growth for eight straight years, with 1.3 billion international tourist arrivals recorded in 2017, but the sector’s cross-cutting nature and wide global reach make it an effective tool to contribute to all of the SDGs that are charting our common action towards 2030.
The SDGs and the commitment behind them, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, serves as the foundation for partnerships that work towards improving livelihoods, the environment and global peace. One such partner is the One Planet network, helping to support partners accelerate the shift to sustainable consumption and production patterns across sectors – outlined in SDG 12 – through a global trust fund.
There is a particular and clear connection between Goal 12 and tourism. If the tourism sector harnesses innovation and strengthens partnerships that are use