Tourism sustainability is a UN priority

Taito Lawakele shows some Fijian made products to Soo Yeon Jin at the UNWTO Regional Seminar on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism Development at Sofitel Fiji Resort& Spa Denarau in Nadi. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

ADVANCING sustainability through tourism is one of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s priorities, says UNWTO secretary general Zurab Pololikashvili.

While speaking at the 30th Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and the UNWTO Commission for South Asia and UNWTO Regional Seminar on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism Development in Nadi, he said the vital sector could contribute to the fight against climate change.

“Like almost any human activity, tourism has an impact on naturalresources, but at the same time, it has great socio-economic relevance,” he said.
“It has the potential to make a meaningful difference to protection ofnatural resources and against climate change.
“I mean both in terms of raising awareness and taking real action. The new UNWTO vision has advancing sus¬tainability through tourism as a key priority.”

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