Key Documents: State of the Tourism Industry

Key Documents: State of the Tourism Industry


United Nations declares 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development          

2017 international year of tourism 

 The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, adopted on 4 December, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.


Tourism and the SDGs

Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

During the 70th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, a record of 154 heads of state or government gathered at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York from 25-27 September 2015 to formally adopt the bold and ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that aim at, inter alia, - ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and tackling climate change. Tourism was specifically identified in aiding Goals 8, 12, and 14

Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism

Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism

The Cape Town Conference was organised by the Responsible Tourism Partnership and Western Cape Tourism and was attended by 280 delegates from 20 countries. The conference grew out of the South African work on responsible tourism guidelines and involved delegates field-testing the South African Guidelines on sites in and around Cape Town.

Oslo Statement on Ecotourism 2002

Oslo Statement on Ecotourism

The Global Ecotourism Conference 2007 (GEC07), held in Oslo, Norway, May 2002, marked an important step forward in the global ecotourism community’s efforts to strengthen its voice, and to put sustainability on the agenda of all sectors of the tourism industry. The Oslo Statement on Ecotourism serves both as a summary of the discussions that took place during GEC07 and a practical tool for those seeking to improve their sustainability practices and those interested in learning more about ecotourism and its challenges.

Bar Harbor Declaration on Ecotourism in the U.S.

Bar Harbor declaration on Ecotourism in the US

Developed as an outcome of the Ecotourism in the U.S. Conference, held in Bar Harbor, Maine, September 2005, this Declaration calls on the U.S. government to adopt a series of policies to promote socially and environmentally responsible tourism. Bar Harbor Declaration on Ecotourism in the U.S. calls on the U.S., as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations, to play a leadership role in promoting responsible tourism. This Declaration builds on previous ecotourism platforms, most importantly the Quebec Declaration adopted in 2002 during the United Nations' International Year of Ecotourism.

International Year of Ecotourism (IYE) 2002

International Year of Ecotourism

In 1999, the United Nations designated 2002 as the International Year of Ecotourism through the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), in conjunction with the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) - in recognition of its growing importance to sustainable development and the protection of the environment. The purpose of the IYE was to encourage cooperation among NGO's, governments and industry in developing ecotourism practices that are environmentally, economically and socially beneficial, while minimizing their negative impacts.
























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