UNWTO Advances Partnership Approach for Monitoring Sustainability
The Global Observatory on Sustainable Tourism (GOST), a UNWTO initiative for the monitoring and evaluating of sustainable tourism policies, received a significant boost following the signing of a Collaboration Agreement between UNWTO and Sun Yet-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. Strengthening cooperation between the two partners, the agreement represents an important step towards the responsible planning and management of tourism destinations.
Signing the Collaboration Agreement with the President of Sun Yet-Sen University, Mr. Huang Daren, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, underlined the importance for UNWTO of relying on partners for the sustainable development of tourism.
“UNWTO has been promoting the use of sustainable tourism indicators since the early 1990s, but it is only through close cooperation with partners on the ground that these can be properly applied,” he said. “We are extremely pleased to count on Sun Yet-Sen University to promote their application and monitor their implementation across the region, thus providing vital information on sustainability issues”.
A Monitoring Centre for UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Observatories will be established at Sun Yat-Sen University for establishing, managing and monitoring all existing and future UNWTO observatories in China and potentially in the Asia-Pacific region. As such, the Centre will provide an important platform for networking and knowledge exchange on sustainable tourism development across the region.
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