Decent work opportunities in tourism, particularly for youth and women, migrants and displaced persons, and policies that favour better diversification through tourism value chains can enhance tourism-positive socioeconomic impacts. Tourism is one of the driving forces of global economic growth and is considered an effective sector to achieving decent work and economic growth in developing countries, especially so for the LDCs, LLDCs – a recognition reflected explicitly in Target 8.9 “By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products.”

The careful management of tourism will unlock tourism’s potential to stimulate job creation, contribute to rural development, promote cultural awareness, and help preserve local cultural traditions, etc. Due to the crosscutting nature of tourism, it is the perfect vehicle for the journey towards achieving the SDGs.

There are eight targets within SDG 8 that are deemed to have a stronger and direct link for tourism to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. These targets have been selected to base the potential project indicators.