Tourism becomes each day a more recognized instrument for human development, global growth and the accomplishment on world level of SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS as drafted by United Nations.
New world leaders are expressing their support and their determination to develop their countries and to use tourism as a force for good and for carving a better world.
Only in the last six months a host of world leaders where proclaimed as Ambassadors for Sustainable Tourism among them: President of Colombia: Juan Manuel Santos, President of Costa Rica: Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, Liberia: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and most recent: Prime Minister of Samoa: Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.
In his acceptance speech, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi stated: “The designation of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development was due to the recognition by the United Nations of the potential of the tourism sector to contribute to the fight against poverty, to help curb climate change, promote gender equality and foster mutual understanding and peace amongst diverse cultures” said the Prime Minister.
“Tourism is a sector that is vital to the livelihoods of our people and touches all the three dimensions of sustainable development, the social, economic and environmental aspects. As a people-to-people activity, it has helped and continues to contribute to the revitalization of our culture, customs and traditional crafts, and plays a pivotal role in the preservation of our cultural heritage and is a force that promotes peace and understanding”
Accepting his ambassadorial title for tourism, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, President of the Republic of Costa Rica announced that: “This recognition for Costa Rica bears witness to our emphasis on this non-smokestack industry. It also allows us to strengthen our drive to encourage more women to lead sustainable tourism projects for their economic empowerment”.
The Ambassadors for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals of the Year are leaders and prominent personalities committed to promote the role and contribution of tourism in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda.
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