Tourism in National SDG strategies

The increasing recognition of the role of tourism in sustainable development and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda is a landmark breakthrough that provides a unique opportunity for all governments to create a sound and favourable policy foundation.

As an early initiative to examine how tourism is portrayed in national SDG strategies, a frontier research on countries’ efforts on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda reported in the 64 Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) presented by UN Member States during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2016 and 2017 was conducted.

The findings shed light on opportunities for tourism to be firmly and even better integrated in national SDG planning and provide key recommendations for tourism policymakers to be fully part of that process.

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