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 Germany’s Voluntary National Review 2016, the tourism sector is seen as an opportunity for Germany to promote the diversification of value chains to integrate new, local products and services of local cultures.
Tourism is seen as one of the fields of action to achieve SDG 12 – Sustainable Consumption and production. The measures for sustainable consumption and production implementation in Germany, is the National programme for Sustainable Consumption of 2016 which identified six main fields of action in mobility, food, housing and residential, work and office, clothing and leisure and tourism.
Research and pilot projects for sustainable tourism to promote environmentally sound and socially equitable tourism in Germany and abroad are also being implemented.