UNWTO Report Enables Inclusive Tourism, Destinations’ Contribution to SDGs

Americas, News, Tourism, November 13 2018

Floating wheelchair on a beach next to a sign indicating the adjacent beach access mat

Floating wheelchairs and other mobility aids will bring tourists with disabilities to the region.

NEW YORK, USA: The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and UNWTO affiliate member globaldit launched a report on UN Day 2018. The report presents a model for inclusive tourism destinations, focusing on the capacity of tourism to integrate disadvantaged groups and benefit from its activity.

Titled, ‘Global Report on Inclusive Tourism Destinations Model and Success Stories,’ the report notes that the model, and inclusive tourism more broadly, contribute to the achievement of SDGs 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced inequalities), 5 (gender equality) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals), among others. It presents a definition for inclusive tourism destinations, and identifies their common attributes, such as: innovation in the tourism value chain; opening up paths for disadvantaged groups to be suppliers, employees and service providers in the sectors; and the creation of conditions that promote relevant actions.

Recognizing the range of destinations’ local context, the model itself, presented in Chapter 4, segments groups according to variables such as age, gender, ability to work or zone in order to prioritize actions such that they leave no one behind. It features a non-exhaustive list of 24 instruments for inclusion, competitive innovation and governance that aim to break down barriers for the groups identified and bridge the “competency gap” that often excludes small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from participating in market activities. The model emphasizes work on three agendas – trust, funding and operations – to build and coordinate networks that meet local needs.

For the full article, visit the source: IISD SDG Knowledge Hub

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