The 70th General Assembly of the United Nations has declared 2017 the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The World Tourism Organization (WTO), the specialist body in the field, will be responsible for implementing a series of actions that form part of the celebration, alongside regional and international governments, organizations, and other leading agents.
This International Year will serve to publicise the role of tourism in achieving sustainable economic growth, increasing social inclusion, creating employment and reducing poverty. Furthermore, responsible tourism also helps to raise awareness of the need to use resources efficiently, protect the environment and fight climate change. And, of course, it has a crucial role in disseminating cultural values, protecting diversity and heritage, peace and security.
Since September 2015, Sant Pau has been an affiliated member of the World Tourism Organization, illustrating its commitment to a model of tourism that is responsible, sustainable and accessible for everyone.
2017 looks set to be a decisive year in terms of tourism at the Art Nouveau Site. One major piece of news is that we are opening new exhibition spaces in the Sant Salvador Pavilion, and we’ll be continuing to publicise the heritage value of this jewel of Modernisme, declared UNESCO World Heritage 20 years ago this year.
Sant Pau is ready to share in celebrating a year of sustainable tourism for development, confident in the benefits that responsible tourism can bring society as an activity that is compatible with its surroundings and the communities that form part of them.