18-19 May 2017

Sustainable Tourism for the Development of Cities in the Framework of the New Urban Agenda

Cities are currently facing a double challenge with the growth trend in urban tourism. On one hand, they should be able to answer the expectations and necessities of a rising number of tourists attracted for its rich and varied offer. On the other hand, it should be assured that tourism is developed and managed in a way that benefits local population, avoiding to contribute to the deterioration of the urban environment; and even improving it. Also, it should be assured that tourism has a positive effect in the life quality of local population and that it does not represent a financial burden for local authorities.


  • Barcelona City Council
  • Barcelona Provincial Council
  • Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Responsible Tourism Institute

Website: Sustainable Tourism for the Development of Cities in the Framework of the New Urban Agenda 

15-16 June 2017

Sustainability and Competitiveness in Tourist Destinations

Destinations have the responsibility to promote formulas that enable sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth; and that, at the same time, contribute to full and productive employment and decent work for all (Goal 8). Particular emphasis is now placed on the access to decent work opportunities in the tourism sector, especially for young people and women, who can benefit from tourism through improved training and professional development. This also involves taking the necessary measures to maximize the economic benefits of tourism for the host community and to create strong links with the local economy of destination and other economic activities in the environment.


  • Municipality of Arona
  • Responsible Tourism Institute

Website: Sustainability and Competitiveness in Tourist Destinations 

19-20 October 2017

Sustainability as a Key Factor in the Competitiveness of the Tourism Industry

The Tourism Industry is destined to become in the following years one of the fundamental engines and priority field of implementation of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (GDS). Consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals, one of the facets that will mark the near future of the industry's commitment will be to increase the capacities to bring benefits to communities and to sustainable local development within the framework of a fair economy.


  • Lanzarote Island Government
  • Responsible Tourism Institute

Website: Sustainability as a Key Factor in the Competitiveness of the Tourism Industry 

23-24 November 2017

Sustainable Tourism in Inland Destinations

Managed in a sustainable way, inland tourism can be a considerable force for the valorization and safeguarding of the natural and cultural heritage, material and intangible, as well as a vector for the promotion of sustainable local development. But the tourism sector is increasingly aware of conservation issues surrounding heritage, and its role as a key element of the offer. For this reason, the tourist activity must consider the induced effects on the cultural and natural heritage, actively sharing responsibility for its preservation, and forging alliances for a tourism that is more responsible and aware of the value of our common heritage.


  • Castilla y León
  • Feria de Valladolid
  • Responsible Tourism Institute

Take part in the application of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in Tourism

According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourist arrivals increased by 4.4% in 2015 making a total of 1,184 million. This increase is expected to continue throughout the years, reaching by 2030 1.8 billion international tourists; and these figures are multiplied by five if we consider domestic tourism.

We are witnessing an unprecedented growth in tourism that leaves behind the 25 million international tourists that were counted in 1950. This growth not only affects consolidated tourist destinations, but also refers to the huge number of emerging destinations that arise on the planet and also expresses the irruption of new motivations and ways of traveling. Holiday destinations and particularly the coastal destinations are prominent areas, as they are currently mobilizing a substantial part of the demand. For example, sun and beach destinations have grown 39% between 2007 and 2014, currently accounting for 29% of preferences (WTM).

Nowadays tourism is undoubtedly one of the driving forces behind world economic growth and currently provides around 1 in 11 jobs worldwide (284 million direct jobs in 2015), with all that it implies in social terms. Its overall impact, particularly on destinations, is especially significant, contributing today to 9.8% of world GDP.

Under these conditions, as highlighted by the World Charter on Sustainable Tourism +20, approved in Vitoria-Gasteiz in 2015, tourism is a phenomenon of global scope. It affects directly, and sometimes decisively, local development, life quality, maintenance of cultural and natural heritage and the environment in the destinations and throughout the world geography. Thus, arises the urgent need for a model change in the management and development of tourism that allows the transition to more sustainable, responsible, innovative and fair destinations. A model based on international cooperation under the premise of sharing to compete.

 The framework for this model change must be precisely the one formulated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an Action Plan for people, the planet and prosperity, which also intends to strengthen universal peace and justice. The Agenda sets out 17 Goals with 169 integrated and indivisible targets covering the economic, social and environmental spheres. If we analyze in detail each of the Goals we can verify that the future sustainable development of tourism in each destination could become one of the fundamental engines and priority field of application of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).