ITP is happy to announce its status as Friend to the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
The aims of the United Nations’ International Year are very much in tune with our own, and in this our 25th anniversary year it felt like synchronicity to align our work with theirs and become a Friend of the Year.
With fourteen leading international hotel groups as our members, with 30,000 hotels between them spread across the globe, ITP is the voice of the sector’s commitment to sustainable development and the forum for collaboration across our key issues of carbon, water, youth employment and human rights.
For years recognition has grown of tourism’s ability to positively impact communities around the world and how it has a role to play in poverty alleviation, the protection of the environment and socio-economic development and growth. Increasingly destinations are aware of their need to manage tourism to protect heritage and biodiversity, and to alert tourists to their wider role as responsible travellers. The sector continues to grow at a faster rate than other industries, but many – including our members – recognise that growth needs to be responsible and sustainable.
The International Year (#IY2017) aims to promote tourism’s role in the following areas:
- Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
- Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
- Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change
- Cultural values, diversity and heritage
- Mutual understanding, peace and security.
We’re happy to work with our members to support the aims of the Year and will be sharing examples of the hotel sector’s best practice as part of the online platform that is gathering knowledge and solutions to help others also improve their actions. We encourage others to do the same.
Later this year we’ll be launching ITP’s Goals for the hotel industry for 2030. Led by our Executive Committee of dedicated CSR professionals the Goals frame our work going forward and are a call to action to the hotel industry for sustainable growth and positive impact.
The UNWTO say, “This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the public, while mobilising all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change.”
ITP is pleased to play our part – with our members – to make the Year a driver for change and a great success.