Better Data for a Better Tourism in SIDS
Content submitted by UNWTO – Juan Manuel Velandia
Submited Date : 10/04/2024
SIDS are committed to increasing resilience by revitalizing and diversifying their economies, notably through a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable tourism model.

The UN has acknowledged tourism's potential to contribute to sustainable development, by declaring 2027 the International Year of Sustainable and Resilient Tourism (A/RES/78/260).

Despite the recognition, tourism remains underrepresented in international financing for development as only 0.17% of ODA was allocated to tourism in 2022, hindering its potential to foment socio-economic growth, accelerate the transition to sustainable practices, and as an effective means to attract investment for SIDS. A lack of reliable and comparable data further complicates progress.

This event will explore frameworks and tools to comprehensively measure tourism's impact, dependencies, and growth ‘beyond GDP’, fostering informed decision-making for its sustainable advancement.


Welcome by UN Tourism.

Panel I: A 360º approach to measuring tourism’s sustainability.

  • International Monetary Fund: Ms. Alessandra Alfieri
  • University of Oxford SDG Impact Lab: Mr. Edward Brooks
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency: Mr. Jun Saotome

Moderator and Keynote speaker: UN Tourism

Panel II: Why do we need a 360° approach to measuring tourism’s sustainability?

  • UN Tourism: Ms. Sandra Carvão
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency: Ms. Tomomi Sato
  • Catalytic Finance Foundation: Mr. David Albertani
  • Pegasus Capital Advisors: Ms. Natalie Gartmann

Moderator: UN Tourism

Closing by UN Tourism.

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