Ad­vanc­ing Sus­tain­able Tourism in Africa

Tourism Tattler - - EDITORIAL -

As an in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ence for travel in the con­tent of Africa, Tourism Tat­tler has joined global me­dia in pro­mot­ing the aims and as­pi­ra­tions of the In­ter­na­tional Year of Sus­tain­able Tourism for De­vel­op­ment 2017. Through a se­ries of editorial fea­tures pub­lished through­out this year, Tourism Tat­tler is pro­fil­ing African des­ti­na­tions and Africa based tourism prod­ucts and ser­vices who meet and in many cases ex­ceed, sus­tain­able tourism prac­tices in their busi­ness op­er­a­tions.

Of­fi­cially launched at the FITUR In­ter­na­tional Tourism Fair in Madrid, vis­it­ing a place as a tourist and try­ing to make only a pos­i­tive im­pact Spain, on 18 Jan­uary 2017, the UNWTO In­ter­na­tional Year of on the en­vi­ron­ment, so­ci­ety and econ­omy. Given that with­out travel Sus­tain­able Tourism for De­vel­op­ment 2017 aims to es­tab­lish twelve there is no tourism, the ar­ti­cle cites aviation as be­ing the great­est months of global ac­tion aimed at ad­vanc­ing sus­tain­able tourism con­trib­u­tor to tourism’s ef­fect on cli­mate change, claim­ing that 72% con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the United Na­tions 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able of tourism’s CO2 emis­sions come from trans­porta­tion, 24% from De­vel­op­ment. ac­com­mo­da­tions, and 4% from lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Speak­ing at the launch, United Na­tions Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral, An­to­nio Guter­res, said: “The world can and must har­ness the power of tourism as we strive to carry out the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment. Three of the 17 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) in­clude tar­gets that re­late to tourism: Goal 8 on pro­mot­ing growth and de­cent work, Goal 12 on en­sur­ing sus­tain­able con­sump­tion and pro­duc­tion, and Goal 14 on con­serv­ing marine re­sources. But tourism also cuts across so many dif­fer­ent ar­eas of life and in­volves so many dif­fer­ent eco­nomic sec­tors and so­cio-cul­tural cur­rents, that it is con­nected to the en­tire Agenda. Be­yond the mea­sur­able ad­vances that tourism can make pos­si­ble, it is also a bridge to bet­ter mu­tual un­der­stand­ing among peo­ple from all walks of life.“

Sus­tain­able Tourism Con­sump­tion

The UNWTO has been ap­pointed to lead the 10-Year Frame­work of Pro­grammes on Sus­tain­able Con­sump­tion and Pro­duc­tion Pat­terns (10YFP) Sus­tain­able Tourism Pro­gramme (STP) - a col­lab­o­ra­tive plat­form to bring to­gether ex­ist­ing ini­tia­tives and part­ner­ships and fa­cil­i­tate new projects and ac­tiv­i­ties to ac­cel­er­ate the shift to sus­tain­able con­sump­tion and pro­duc­tion (SCP) in tourism.

As an im­ple­men­ta­tion mech­a­nism, the vi­sion of the 10YFP STP is for a tourism sec­tor that has glob­ally adopted SCP re­sult­ing in en­hanced en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial out­comes and im­proved eco­nomic per­for­mance. Read more at www.sdt.unwto.org.

Sus­tain­able Tourism and Cli­mate Change

Ev­ery year, 1.2 bil­lion peo­ple travel abroad. These, and the bil­lions more who travel do­mes­ti­cally, cre­ate a sec­tor which con­trib­utes 10% of global GDP to the world’s economies and 1 in 11 jobs. Tourism has be­come a pass­port to pros­per­ity, a driver of peace, and a trans­for­ma­tive force for im­prov­ing mil­lions of lives.

Taleb Ri­fai - UNWTO Sec­re­tary Gen­eral.

Ac­cord­ing to Wikipedia, sus­tain­able tourism is the con­cept of

Sus­tain­able Tourism Guide­lines

The Global Sus­tain­able Tourism Coun­cil has de­vel­oped cri­te­ria and sug­gested in­di­ca­tors for Ho­tels, which aim to pro­vide a com­mon un­der­stand­ing of sus­tain­able tourism and pro­vide a bench­mark for the min­i­mum stan­dards that a ho­tel should as­pire to reach. Down­load the GSTC Ho­tel Cri­te­ria at www.gst­coun­cil.org.

Some of the uses of the cri­te­ria in­clude:

• A ba­sis for sus­tain­abil­ity cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

• Guide­lines for busi­nesses to be­come more sus­tain­able, and for busi­nesses to choose sus­tain­able tourism pro­grammes that ful­fil these global cri­te­ria.

• Pro­vide mar­ket ac­cess.

• For con­sumers to iden­tify sound sus­tain­able tourism busi­nesses.

• For me­dia to recog­nise sus­tain­able tourism providers.

• Help cer­ti­fi­ca­tion bod­ies to en­sure that their stan­dards meet a

broadly-ac­cepted base­line.

• Of­fer gov­ern­men­tal, non-gov­ern­men­tal, and pri­vate sec­tor pro­grammes a start­ing point for de­vel­op­ing sus­tain­able tourism re­quire­ments.

• Pro­vide guide­lines to ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing bod­ies.

• Demon­strate lead­er­ship that in­spires oth­ers to act.

The Cri­te­ria in­di­cate what should be done, not how to do it or whether the goal has been achieved. This role is ful­filled by per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors, as­so­ci­ated ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als, and ac­cess to tools for im­ple­men­ta­tion, all of which are an in­dis­pens­able com­ple­ment to the GSTC Cri­te­ria.

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