This CREST/UN Environment forum was designed to showcase the importance of the UN’s declaration of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This invitation-only, day-long event took place on World Tourism Day, September 27, 2017, at the UN Foundation in Washington, DC.
The CREST/UN Environment forum served as both a recognition of the UN’s Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and a thought-provoking discourse on the state of responsible travel at this crucial time in history. Accordingly, we gathered together an all-star team of sustainable-travel thought leaders and practitioners, among them the august members of this event’s Honorary Host Committee.
The event featured panels covering the five key areas identified by the UNWTO for this international year. Each one-hour panel was moderated by a well-known journalist and included two presenters giving exemplary and inspiring case studies. In their 8-10 minute talks, presenters showed short videos of their work and reflected on both their successes and challenges.