UNWTO and India’s G20 Presidency, through India’s Ministry of Tourism, have joined hands to launch a new tool that will advance the contribution of tourism policies and initiatives towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The G20 Tourism and SDGs Dashboard will help to promote the sector’s contribution to accelerating progress towards achieving the 17 SDGs ahead of the 2030 Agenda deadline.
The Dashboard showcases the pillars of the Goa Roadmap for Tourism as a Vehicle for Achieving the SDGs around the five priority areas set for the Tourism Working Group, which are: Green Tourism; Digitalisation; Skills; Tourism MSMEs; and Destination Management. It will feature over 20 case studies under these five areas, and content will be updated on a regular basis throughout 2023 and in the coming years. These will provide a unique reference for tourism policies and initiatives in their contribution to the SDGs.
The G20 Tourism and SDGs Dashboard is included in the UNWTO-led Tourism for SDGs Platform.
Secretary-general Zurab Pololikashvili said: “G20 countries represent over 70 per cent of tourism worldwide. Their leadership in the transformation of the sector is decisive. The G20 Tourism and SDGs Dashboard is a concrete outcome of G20 Tourism Working Group and a reference tool for all. UNWTO is very happy to have joined hands with the Ministry of Tourism of India to make this possible.”
Shri G Kishan Reddy, minister of tourism, culture and development of North Eastern Region, Government of India, said: “Prime minister Shri Narendra Modi has consistently championed the transformative power of digitalisation across all sectors, including tourism. Under his visionary leadership, India is transforming into a digitally empowered country. Inspired by his foresight and commitment, the G20 Tourism and SDGs Dashboard is a testament to our nation’s digital strides and serves as a beacon of knowledge for all the public and private stakeholders globally. It offers a wealth of knowledge and showcases best practices, all aimed at steering the tourism industry towards greater sustainability, resilience, and inclusivity”.