Tourism leaders translate UNWTO’s vision into action

UNWTO hailed the commitment made by tourism leaders at the Adventure Next Latin America Summit to realign the sector on a path of greater resilience and sustainability.

The tourism trade event hosted tourism ministers from Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala and Honduras, as well as high-level government officials from Brazil and Jordan. They were joined by leaders from the private sector, brought together by the Adventure Travel and Trade Association (ATTA).

The summit culminated in the signing by all parties of the Declaration: “Transforming into the Future of Tourism”, a clear commitment to follow up on UNWTO’s call for the public and private sectors to work together and seize the opportunity to put sustainability and inclusiveness at the heart of the restart and recovery of the sector. The Declaration states: “The future of tourism is collaborative, bringing together the ancient wisdom of local and indigenous communities with pioneering scientific and economic knowledge in the service of the long-term management of integrated ecosystems”.

At the same time, the Declaration also specifies the commitment of the signatories to advance “the transformation towards a carbon-neutral and more socially resilient tourism economy”. In November, Panama was one of the founding signatories of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism, launched by UNWTO at the COP26 summit.

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