With 1 billion international tourist arrivals in 2012 and a contribution of 9% to global GDP, tourism accounts for 1 in 11 jobs worldwide. These statistics indicate a massive potential for developing countries, but one which must be managed sustainably.
On 5 November 2014, the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10 Year Framework Partnership, led by the UN World Tourism Organization and co-led by the governments of France, Korea and Morocco, was launched at the World Travel Market in London. This program envisions a world where the tourism sector has globally adopted sustainable consumption and production practices resulting in enhanced environmental and social outcomes and improved economic performance respecting the limits of our planet.
Read UNEP's press release Harnessing the Power of One Billion Tourists for a Sustainable Future