MADRID, Spain | UNWTO LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM FOR DEVELOPMENT 2017 which kicks off 12 months of global action aimed at advancing sustainable tourism and establishing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This also marks the launch of the International Year campaign Travel.Enjoy.Respect. aimed at promoting sustainable tourism among travellers.

“Every day, more than three million tourists cross international borders. Every year, almost 1.2 billion people travel abroad. Tourism has become a pillar of economies, a passport to prosperity, and a transformative force for improving millions of lives. The world can and must harness the power of tourism as we strive to carry out the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," says Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary General.
“2017 is a unique opportunity for us to promote the contribution of tourism to achieving the future we want – and also to determine, together, the exact role we will have tourism play in the sustainable development agenda, to and beyond 2030. A unique opportunity to ensure that tourism is a pillar in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, says Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General.
“The 2030 Agenda considers sustainable tourism as a vector of development, job creation and the promotion of local culture and products. Tourism is part of the Sustainable Development Goals and contributes decisively to almost all 17 Goals through its impacts on fighting poverty, promoting decent jobs, improving gender equality and the livelihoods of young people or the fight against climate change” says Alfonso María Dastis, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain.