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.
Guatemala’s Voluntary National Review 2017 shows how the national strategy includes tourism as a sector that would foster economic development through employment creation and infrastructure acceleration.
The Programa de Agricultura Familiar para el Fortalecimiento de la Economia Campesina (Paffec), aimed at enhancing production capacities, is described as one of the success story to promote organization and self-management of the rural population through informal education and participatory system. A total of 9.859 of farmers and entrepreneurs of agritourism were involved in activities aimed at strengthening the adequate usage of natural resources and at promoting agritourism.