Baseline Report on the Integration of Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns into Tourism Policies

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UNWTO expects international tourist arrivals to reach 1.8 billion by 2030, if not before. A sector regularly outgrowing the world economy or international trade, the tourism sector is already facing the challenge of decoupling its growth from the use of natural resources. Advancing sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns is therefore essential if the sector is to contribute effectively to sustainable development.

UNWTO and UN Environment embarked on this research project with the objective to gain insights on the much needed integration of SCP into tourism policies. Based on 101 tourism policies from around the world, this is the first global assessment of SCP policy instruments in national tourism. This report also contributes to visualizing the progress achieved towards the implementation of SDG Target 12.b., which calls for “the development and implementation of tools to monitor sustainable development impacts of tourism”.

By recommending five strategic approaches to face this challenge, the report ultimately aims to inspire stakeholders and encourage them to advance SDG implementation through sustainable tourism.

For further information on the report, please click our page on Resource Efficiency in Tourism.