By recognising social and economic cohesion among the peoples of the world as a fundamental principle of sustainable development, it becomes paramount to promote measures that allow more equitable distribution of the benefits and the burdens of tourism. In the century of local empowerment it has become essential to adopt new models of tourism governance that ensure the participation and development of fair redistribution mechanisms at destination level.
Local communities and indigenous peoples must have a central position in the new models of sustainable tourism, understanding this activity in every instance as a means of enhancing quality of life and wellbeing of local populations, including mainstreaming gender considerations in sustainable development.
Sustainable tourism is destined to make an effective contribution to the mitigation of poverty and the eradication of inequalities at destinations through a better redistribution of income and the removal of exclusionary criteria and activities. Understanding tourism as a right, equity criteria must also extend to the tourists themselves by encouraging actions such as inclusive tourism.
Private and public authorities have the chance to support local and neighbouring green economies through tourism production and consumption channels, helping to create a common economic space where tourism becomes an effective vector for sustainable development at all destinations, with special involvement of additional tourism services. In this way tourism can foster quality economies and create a true range of local services and products in partnership with responsible customers.
INCREASING LINKAGES AND REDUCING LEAKAGES
PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION