Lanzarote will host in October the International Conference on ‘Sustainable Tourism for Development‘

Lanzarote will host in October the International Conference on ‘Sustainable Tourism for Development‘

  • The 37 Edition of Fitur starts with the presentation of the campaign #TOURISM17 challenge, driven by the Institute of Responsible Tourism (ITR), in which is included this Summit that will pose one of the 17 objectives of sustainable development established by the UN.
  • Pedro San Ginés: “the event will become to the island into focus of international attention as a benchmark of the binomial tourism and sustainability and will be an excellent opportunity to show the world the uniqueness of Lanzarote and our special environmental sensitivity”
  • The concurrent Lanzarote delegation at FITUR 2017 received the traditional visit of the President of the Canarian Government, Fernando Clavijo, and the Counselor of tourism of the regional Executive, Mª Teresa Lorenzo.

2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (A/RES/70/193).

This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change.

In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the SDGs.
The #IY2017 will promote tourism’s role in the following five key areas:

(1) Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
(2) Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
(3) Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change
(4) Cultural values, diversity and heritage
(5) Mutual understanding, peace and security.

The island of Lanzarote has been chosen to host one of the five conferences that will organize the ITR in order that international organizations that have historically played a key role in sustainability, contribute their findings, and thus serve for the approval of a series of global criteria for sustainable tourism that can be adapted to the 17 ODS, to be used as a tool of measurement of environmental responsibility.

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