The World Charter for Sustainable Tourism, proclaimed in Vitoria-Gasteiz

On November 27, during the closing session of the World Summit on Sustainable Tourism, the World Charter for Sustainable Tourism was proclaimed in Vitoria-Gasteiz. The event was attended by over 200 professionals in sustainable tourism and about 50 international experts.

"Tourism has grown in the world and so has the concept of sustainability. The journey started 20 years ago in Lanzarote has its continuity in Vitoria. We needed to stop and met; it was necessary to rethink and debate to update the World Tourism Charter", said in his speech the Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu Renteria.

Among the commitments adopted worldwide is "the need to preserve the common heritage and promote the culture of peace; strengthen the partnership between tourism and biodiversity, redefine the tourism industry to climate change, promote the participation of local communities, and work on innovation and smart vision of tourism".

"This new Charter sees tourism as the first industry in the world. An essential factor of cultural, social and economic development of peoples, "said Urkullu after signing the commitment to responsible tourism of Euskadi. "It is the mission we share: tourism in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, outlined in the UN Summit this year."

The development of tourism in Euskadi "is committed to the people," an idea that applies "quality tourism and proximity, and tourism as a shared life experience." This commitment led the Lehendakari to remind that Donosti is the 2016 European Capital of Culture.

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