2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development<
Greece has long been a favorite tourist destination with its long history as a cradle of civilization, rich cultural heritage and spectacular Mediterranean coastline.
Today, Greece has even more to offer tourists whose preferences and expectations are changing. Because of the country´s rich natural landscape, infrastructure and vibrant local communities, Greece is the perfect setting for what some call “alternative tourism”, ranging from outdoor adventures, wine and gastronomy tours, archeological sightseeing to ecotourism and wellness retreats. Greece embraces the best of the ancient and modern world.
Tourism continues to be a sector growing phenomenally, in spite of the challenging economic times. Today, there are over one billion people traveling the world in a single year, and that number is forecasted to swell to 1.8 billion people in 2030.
Now more than ever is the time to fully grasp tourism´s vast potential for stimulating economic growth, creating employment and promoting environmental sustainability. These beliefs lie at the core of UNWTO´s work.
“The declaration by the UN of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is a unique opportunity to advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental, while raising awareness of the true dimensions of a sector which is often undervalued” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. As the lead UN agency for this initiative, UNWTO is very much looking forward to proceeding with the organization and implementation of the International Year, in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations of the UN system, other international and regional organizations and all other relevant stakeholders, as sustainable tourism promote the development and foster better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world.
I commend HELLENIC SUN EDITIONS for its many years of comprehensive tourist promotion services and particularly for reaching out to more international tourists to facilitate the travel experience and explore possibilities in Greece beyond the traditional postcard routes.
By working together, we can advance tourism´s significant role in shaping our future.
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)