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 Slovenia’s Voluntary National Review 2017, tourism is seen as an opportunity to achieve more sustainable consumption and production. The Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism (GSST) is the central mechanism in developing and promoting sustainable tourism in Slovenia.
This national programme is designed to promote sustainable tourism based on the European Tourism indicator System (ETIS) and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) criteria. The scheme has been supported by the Slovenia Green Destination brand, which is awarded to destinations and the Slovenia Green Accommodation brand which is awarded to accommodation facilities. This certification scheme works as a tool for consumers to verify green and sustainable efforts and a platform for organisations to achieve 100% green Slovenia.
Slovenia is also involved in building tourist infrastructure in partner countries like in the Žabljak community in the north of Montenegro, developing mountain tourism, and completing environmental infrastructure, thus promoting entrepreneurship in connection with sports and environment protection
Youth centres across Slovenia are also developing youth tourism through sustainable and environment-friendly solutions, cooperation with local product and service providers, the use of natural materials and self sustainable practices. This practice supported with public funds, create jobs for young people and promote local culture and products.