Ministerial Roundtable. Committing to Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017 constitute a unique opportunity to advance sustainable, inclusive and responsible tourism. The SDGs and national agendas worldwide require a shift towards more integrated policy across economic, social and environmental domains. This, in turn, must be underpinned by more integrated data. Developing a statistical framework to measure sustainable tourism is thus essential in fostering a common understanding for tracking progress and directing policy efforts. Ministers from around the globe will discuss the opportunities and challenges that sustainable tourism brings to their countries, and how the use of more integrated data is supporting them in paving the way towards a more sustainable future.

Moderator: Ms. Anita Mendiratta, Strategic Advisor to CNN International for T.A.S.K Group

Introductory remarks by Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General

Panel of Ministers

  • H.E. Mr. John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Affairs, Sri Lanka
  • H.E. Mrs. Wanda Tulfo-Teo, Secretary, Department of Tourism, Philippines
  • H.E. Ms. Kobkam Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports, Thailand
  • Mr. Pali J. Lehohla, Statistician-General, South Africa
  • Ms. Anne Lafortune, Principal Secretary for Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Civil, Aviation, Ports and Marine, Seychelles
  • H.E. Mr. I Gde Pitana, Deputy Minister for International Marketing, Ministry of Tourism, Indonesia
  • Mr. Navitalai Tuivuniwai, Trade Commissioner, Fiji
  • Ms. Young-Shim Dho, Chairperson, Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (STEP)
  • Mr. Mario Hardy, CEO, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
  • Mr. Hwang Seong Un, Director General for International Tourism Policy, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea
  • Mr. Dai Bin, President of China Tourism Academy and Director of the CNTA Tourism Data Center, China
  • Mr. Sérgio Guerreiro, Director, Knowledge Management & Corporate Affairs, Turismo de Portugal and Representing the European Travel Commission
  • Ms. Beatriz Marco Arce, Deputy Director for Tourism Intelligence, Spain Tourism Board (Turespaña), Spain
  • Mr. Alain Dupeyras, Head of Tourism, OECD

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