The recognition of the role of tourism in sustainable development and the emphasis placed in the SDGs on the development of public policies for sustainable tourism is a landmark breakthrough that provides a unique opportunity for all governments to create a sound and favourable policy foundation.
The first two years of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda have shown that countries are making headway in aligning national strategies, adapting nstitutional frameworks and adjusting policies to realize the SDGs. The countries’ efforts have been reported in the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), presented by UN Member States during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2016 and 2017.
In Azerbaijan’s Voluntary National Review 2017, the topic of tourism is mentioned under one of its’ strategic roadmaps for development.
Tourism is seen as an opportunity for the country to develop the national economy and thus, the Specialised Tourism Industry is adopted as part of Azerbaijan’s approved 12 strategic roadmaps for development. The importance of tourism is highlighted as an agent for economic development.
The Strategic Roadmap encompasses actions such as the support of tourism sector development within the planned periods of time, supply of high quality and competitive tourism services in global and local markets, shaping of tourism practices in line with national values, attracting new investment projects based on the state-of-the-art ideas and innovations and effective interaction among respective bodies involved in the tourism sector development.