Guide to Sustainable Tourism: A manual for the tourism sector

Based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, in collaboration with the Responsible Tourism Institute, has produced a report as a tool for the tourism sector to navigate responsibly in sustainability.

Back in October 2019, the report 'Guide for sustainable tourism: Challenges and evaluation criteria in the tourism sector', the SDSN Spain - Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Spain antenna, in collaboration with the Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI), published this document that is constituted as the model guide for sustainable tourism; a manual for the tourism sector, public entities and private companies in the industry, which seek to align their management with the 17 SDGs of the United Nations.

Tourism is undoubtedly one of the main drivers of development in Spain and the rest of the world. With its enormous impact on the environment, emissions and global GDP, the tourism sector has a key role to play in achieving the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations.

The report is a guide and a tool for sustainable tourism, which can be used as a practical and useful handbook for the tourism sector. Its main objective is to offer a series of criteria for each of the 17 SDGs, which allow tourism sector promoters or professionals to reflect on the degree of involvement of their destination or tourism product with the goals defined in the 2030 Agenda.

The commitment of the tourism sector to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals can play an essential role in involving new generations in a sustainability scenario that requires collective involvement and participation.

But, how can tourism contribute to the SDGs?

According to the report, the tourism sector needs to address four different factors: commitment to sustainability, sustainability goals and targets, governance and participation, and at least the UN criteria and targets. Thus, this guide proposes ideas and initiatives on how to address each SDG from a tourism perspective, showing step by step how to manage sustainability in this large sector.


Find the report here: 
Guide to Sustainable Tourism