The 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

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

The International Year provides a unique opportunity to raise awareness of 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 that can contribute to the SDGs.

The #IY2017 promotes 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 mitigation

(4)        Cultural values, diversity, and heritage

(5)        Mutual understanding, peace, and security.


The 2002 International Year of Ecotourism

The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development comes 15 years after the UN’s International Year of Ecotourism in 2002. This signifies a shift in the thinking about the responsible development of tourism. No longer is it about only ecotourism; the entire tourism industry must operate sustainably and move the needle together.