UNWTO

UN agencies commit to make tourism work for development

Locations

Istanbul
Turkey
Madrid
Spain
Istanbul
Turkey
Madrid
Spain
Istanbul
Turkey
Madrid
Spain
PR No.: 
PR 11042
13 May 11

Tourism is one of the top three sources of export earnings for nearly half of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and is a priority sector for their further integration in the global economy. The contribution  of tourism in advancing development was addressed during a Special Event on Tourism for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction organized by the recently created UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development (SCTD), during a major UN conference on LDCs (Istanbul, Turkey, 10 May 2011).

The potential of tourism in contributing to lift people out of poverty is increasingly acknowledged and is supported by the growing relevance of the sector for poor countries. International tourist arrivals in the 48 LDCs grew from 6 million in 2000 to over 17 million in 2010. In the same period, international tourism receipts climbed from US$ 3 billion to over US$ 10 billion.

Chencha-Dorze Tourism and Handicrafts Development Project

2008 - 2013
Project
Organizations
Tourism and Poverty Alleviation
Projects
Project
Technical Cooperation and Services
Programme
UNWTO

Kome Rural Homestays Project

2012 - 2016
Project
Organizations
Tourism and Poverty Alleviation
Projects
Project
Technical Cooperation and Services
Programme
UNWTO

Development of a Community-based Tourism Complex in Bazoulé

2009 - 2010
Project

Project title:  DEVELOPMENT OF A COMMUNITY-BASED TOURISM COMPLEX IN BAZOULÉ 

Country:   BURKINA FASO

Region: AFRICA

Organizations
Tourism and Poverty Alleviation
Projects
Project
Technical Cooperation and Services
Programme
UNWTO

Savannaland Destination Tourism Programme

2008 - 2015
Project
Organizations
Tourism and Poverty Alleviation
Projects
Project
Technical Cooperation and Services
Programme
UNWTO

Background and Objectives

At its Millennium Summit in 2000, the United Nations identified poverty as one of the biggest global challenges and set forth as one of its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has responded to this challenge and opportunity by launching the ST-EP Initiative, which was announced at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002.

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Survey on Destination Governance/Management Structures-2011

RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVE:


A tourism destination as a dynamic and complex organism involving many different and diverse groups of stakeholders   needs to adopt new governance models and structures for its sustainable growth, overall performance and competitiveness.