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 institutional 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 Chile's Voluntary National Review 2016, the tourism sector was considered as an opportunity for economic development. In terms of innovation, the government has created the Project Aulab, which has the objective to find new answers and solutions to disasters and to generate strategies to enhance tourism.
It is highlighted how the public and private sectors are cooperating very closely in key industries such as: mining, tourism, construction, solar industry, logistics for exports, manufacturing and healthcare.