New EuropeAid publication: Guidebook on Sustainable Tourism
Over the last decades, tourism has experienced continued growth and increased diversification, becoming one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. The business volume of tourism today equals or even surpasses that of oil exports, food products or automobiles, offering millions of direct entry points into the workforce, particularly for youth and women, and a diversity of investment opportunities for young entrepreneurial talents. Tourism has become one of the major sectors in international trade, at the same time representing one of the main income sources for many developing countries. It is their only service sector with recorded surpluses in trade compared to the rest of the world.
DG EuropeAid has launched a Guidebook on Sustainable Tourism prepared by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), it reflects on the role of the tourist sector as an engine for development, trade in services, job creation and poverty reduction. The Guidebook enhances the understanding of tourism in all its dimensions, how it relates to the EU Agenda for Change so as to enable EU and other development institutions to include sustainable tourism development in their programme cycles. It has been tested in six developing countries (Botswana, India, Kenya, Vietnam, Senegal and Timor-Leste).
The publication has a strong focus on the social impact of tourism and includes a section on employment, decent work and human capital; on poverty reduction and social inclusion. It also touches upon areas such as resilience and risk management and trade and `private sector development.