International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

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What is #tourism17 for?

fulfilling the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The proclamation provides a unique opportunity to expand the contribution of the tourism sector to sustainability and to sensitize decision-makers and the general public about the contribution of sustainable tourism to development. As a fundamental part of this necessary awareness on sustainable tourism, the Responsible Tourism Institute launches the #TOURISM17 campaign, an initiative that aims to promote sustainability not as a strategic element of tourism agents, but as a new model of tourism development on which to bet decisively.

Responsible Tourism Institute

Responsible Tourism Institute


Behind this project

Adapting the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals to tourism

Biosphere Responsible Tourism

Biosphere Responsible Tourism


How to help #tourism17

we dare you to do this awesome challenge


You only have to show us how sustainable is the place where you are

#TOURISM17 is an initiative organized by the Responsible Tourism Institute that seeks to promote sustainability as a new development model in which the tourism sector must bet decisively. Can you help us?


Be concious

First things first. The goal here is to get you to be conscious about sustainable tourism.



Travel is meeting the needs of the present without risking the needs of the future. So travel sustainable.


Record yourself

You only have to spin around so everybody can see where you are. 17 times.



Use the hashtag #tourism17 to share your video within the worldwide travelers’ community.

Towards #tourism17

walking the path through the World Charter for Sustainable Tourism

The World Summit on Sustainable Tourism held in Vitoria-Gasteiz in 2015 was the scene of the unanimous adoption of the World Charter for Sustainable Tourism +20. This document, which is the reformulation of the First World Charter for Sustainable Tourism, incorporates the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted at the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development held in September 2015, and represents a great opportunity to firmly steer tourism towards an inclusive and sustainable way.

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The ST+20 Charter also claims the preservation of the actual quality of the destinations and the tourism industry and the ability to meet the tourist as priorities, as well as the need to promote alternative forms of tourism. Finally, it urges the authorities and related associations to this activity, to promote activities that contribute to the implementation of the principles and recommendations outlined in the World Charter for Sustainable Tourism and convene where appropriate a new meeting in order to assess achievements and establish renewed alliances.

The World Summit on Sustainable Tourism in which the ST+20 Charter was adopted was held under the patronage of UNESCO, UNWTO, UNEP and COP21.


Stay tuned

we'll be doing some big events every now and then

#tourism17 Big Dates



Sustainable Tourism for the development of cities in the framework of the New Urban Agenda



Sustainability and Competitiveness in Holiday Destinations



Sustainable Tourism for the Development of the Tourism Industry



Sustainable Tourism in Inland Destinations

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals

fulfilling the resolutions of the World Summit on Sustainable Tourism

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Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms around the world

As one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing economic sectors, tourism is one of the main drivers of world trade and prosperity, and has continued to be even during these years of global economic crisis. The tourism sector is uniquely positioned to foster growth and economic development at all levels and to provide income through job creation.

Goal 2: End Hunger, Achieve Food Security and improved Nutrition and Promote Sustainable Agriculture

The supply of local agricultural products not only improves the well-being of the community of the destination, but also increases its attractiveness in the tourist market, offering the tourists a greater authenticity in their experiences.

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Tourism can have a notable effect on health and well-being, not only through its contribution to economic growth and sustainable development, but also through its role as a transmitter of ideas and customs. By empowering local health practices, not only a channel of understanding between cultures is built, but also good health and well-being practices can be shared.

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

A good level of training is crucial for the tourism sector. The sector can provide incentives to invest in education and professional training, promoting professional mobility through cross-border agreements on professional training (especially for young people, women, the elderly, indigenous communities and groups with special needs) transmitting values of tolerance, peace and non-violence.

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Drop us a line!

if you are interested in participating in #tourism17

Do you want to be part of the application to tourism of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals? Send us a message to info@sustainabletourism2017.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible