The United Nations (UN) has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
2017 is an important year for tourism and tourism research. As one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors in the world, tourism can stimulate economic growth, create decent jobs and business opportunities, help preserve ecosystems and biodiversity, contribute to protecting cultural heritage, and support the peace building process.
The United Nations World Trade Organisation (UNWTO) has been mandated to facilitate the organisation and implementation of the International Year.
Materials from UNTWO about the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Development for Tourism:
- Visit: The Official Website - 2017 International Year of Sustainable Development for Tourism
- View: Video - 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
GIFT and the 2017 International Year
To realise tourism's potential and minimise negative impacts, knowledge is required to make better decisions. The Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT), as one of leading tourism research institutes globally, is pleased to be able to contribute to the International Year. Our research contributes to all key areas, identified as important to enhancing tourism's contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals:
|2017 International Year themes
||Corresponding GIFT contribution
|Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
||Tourism economics program
|Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
||Tourism business in the Asia Pacific program
|Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change||Sustainable tourism and climate change program
|Cultural values, diversity and heritage||Visitor experience program
|Mutual understanding, peace and security||Current projects in the tourism business in the Asia Pacfic program
Global Sustainable Tourism Dashboard
The Global Sustainable Tourism Dashboard tracks global progress towards sustainable tourism development. The Dashboard is designed to complement the many efforts to promote sustainable development. Indicator selection was informed by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as other initiatives and programmes. Indicators were mostly derived based on existing data sources, but are presented in a way that provides important and new insights.
Managing growth for sustainable tourism
In collaboration with the UNWTO, GIFT is working on a book that compiles insights and case studies to understand what tourism growth means for nations, communities and the environment, and how it needs to be managed to avoid negative impacts. The book will be published by the end of 2017.
Sustainable tourism for regional growth training
GIFT develops and conducts training programs for Indonesian tourism managers for the Australia Awards Indonesia Program. The program targets government and business leaders from emerging tourism destinations across Eastern Indonesia. A wide range of topics around planning, marketing, operations and impacts of tourism are discussed including women’s empowerment; pro-poor tourism; minimising tourism impacts and waste; use of traditional knowledge; waste management; education and training; and improving marketing and planning for tourism.
Economic modelling - capacity building
At the international level, GIFT is collaborating with Tourism Research Australia, supported by the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to provide strategic assistance to the Bhutanese Government on the development of the Bhutanese Tourism Satellite Accounts.
Tourism and climate change in the Pacific
As part of a large research program on ecosystem based adaptation to climate change, new knowledge is being generated on how tourism can support a broad mix of climate adaptation measures in ecologically sensitive environments. The project also assesses the socio-economic benefits of different adaptation options. Lessons learned will be shared through a range of communication channels and also posted through the GIFT website.
- International Conference on Managing Growth for Sustainable Tourism Development: Indigenous, Authentic and Halal Tourism.
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