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Tourism for Sustainable Development

Video | 4 May 2019

Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, spurring economic growth for developed and developing nations alike.

In 2018, international tourist arrivals increased by 5.6% to 1.4 billion, with a quarter of the total exploring Asia and the Pacific countries. Forecasts show the ranks of global tourists expanding by more than 80 million each year to 2030.

How can countries maximize the benefits of tourism while containing the side effects? Can tourism be developed sustainably?

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Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, spurring economic growth for developed and developing nations alike.

In 2018, international tourist arrivals increased by 5.6% to 1.4 billion, with a quarter of the total exploring Asia and the Pacific countries.

Forecasts show the ranks of global tourists expanding by more than 80 million each year to 2030.

This will create millions of jobs, many of them for young people and women.

Asia and the Pacific has long been a destination of choice.

But as Asia’s middle class expands, Asian tourists are now flocking to sites throughout the world, and domestic tourism is also booming.

The tourism industry is rapidly evolving.

While ‘sun and sand’ destinations remain popular,

new forms of tourism are emerging to cater to diverse demands.

Activities that embrace adventure, culture, health and wellbeing, are all on the rise.

But the influx of tourists can have negative side effects.

It can put pressure on infrastructure and natural resources.

It may also erode cultural heritage and traditional ways of life.

How can countries maximize the benefits of tourism while containing the side effects?

Can tourism be developed sustainably?

How can tourism enrich the lives of both visitors and hosts?

What are the best practices from the region and beyond?