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    Transforming Tourism Initiative at the World Travel Market in London

    On the World Responsible Tourism Day on 8 November from 1:50 to 2:20 pm, representatives of the Transforming Tourism Initiative will present and discuss the Berlin Declaration at the WTM Responsible Tourism Theatre.

    Speakers include:

    • Mark Watson, Executive Director, Tourism Concern
    • Rebecca Armstrong, Associate, Equality in Tourism
    • Adama Bah, Board Chairman, Institute of Travel and Tourism of The Gambia
    • Andy Rutherford, Director, Fresh Eyes - People to People Travel

    For more information visit: http://london.wtm.com/en/Sessions/48010/Transforming-Tourism-the-Berlin-Declaration 

    International Year on Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017

    The United Nations declared 2017 as the “International Year on Sustainable Tourism for Development” (IY2017). In this context, it may already become visible how seriously the international community and the states are taking the 2030 Agenda. Do they start to initiate rigorous measures for tourism to become more sustainable, or will their business as usual approach block the way to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?

    In April 2017, the UNWTO has put together a “Discussion Paper o on the occasion of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017” asking for feedback and comment.

    As the Transforming Tourism Initiative, we appreciate the effort of UNWTO to call for comments on the paper in order to advance further debate and critical reflections. We understand that the collected feedback on the discussion paper and cases will be integrated into a final report on the IY2017. However, it is not clear how this additional input will translate into further strategic actions and activities. Therefore, we focused our comments to general remarks on the shortcoming of the report as well as demands on structural and institutional advancements within the UNWTO that are the preconditions for the necessary change.

    Many members of the Transforming Tourism Initiative are open and willing for further dialogue with UNWTO under the condition that a transparent process is outlined on how our input on the Discussion Paper will translate into further strategic actions and activities on the part of UNWTO. As evidence of UNWTO’s interest in further cooperation with civil society organizations, we expect your response and first ideas within 2017, the International Year on Sustainable Tourism for Development.

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