he 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 the Philippines Voluntary National Review 2016, all the development issues covered by the Sustainable Development Goals which are relevant to the country are covered in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022. The PDP is anchored on the President’s Socio Economic Agenda and geared towards AmBisyon Natin 20140- the coutnry’s long term development plan.
In the new administration’s Ten Point Socio-economic Agenda, rural value chain development is used to increase agricultural and rural enterprise productivity and rural tourism. The potential of community based rural tourism is therefore important to further strengthen the promotion of the tourism industry in the country.
There is a need for the tourism industry to strengthen the network and linkages and partnerships to grass roots to promote rural tourism in order to achieve inclusive growth, since the members of the community will benefit directly from it: job creation, employment opportunities, and deep awareness to one’s culture and tradition will follow.