India Tourism Policy in Voluntary National Review (VNR)
Content submitted by – Rosanne
Submited Date : 18/07/2018

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 India’s Voluntary National Review, it is reported that coastal tourism is being promoted under the Sagarmala flagship programme to enable access to better livelihood opportunities.  One of the key pillars of the programme is the holistic and sustainable development of coastal communities, especially the population engaged in fishing industry.