On April 7 and 8 the first National Meeting of the Responsible Traveler was held in León. More than 100 bloggers, YouTubers, Instagrammers, writers and travel journalists met in León to talk about sustainable tourism. The event served as a pretext and learning opportunity so that the more than 2 million followers that these influencers handle, knew the negative impacts that tourism can produce in the destination and that they can minimize these effects. The debate revolved around the "Manifest of the Responsible Traveler", a manual that gathers the behaviors that the travelers must show during their trips, published by the Responsible Tourism Institute and the Intermundial Foundation in 2017 with the support of the World Tourism Organization.
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Managed in a sustainable way, inland tourism can be a considerable force for the enhancement and safeguarding of the natural and cultural heritage, material and immaterial, as well as a vector for the promotion of sustainable local development. But the tourism sector is increasingly aware of the problems of conserving the surrounding heritage, and of its role as a fundamental element of the offer. Therefore, the tourist activity must consider the induced effects on the cultural and natural heritage, actively sharing the responsibility for its preservation, and forging alliances for a more responsible and conscious tourism of the value of our common heritage.
The tourism industry is called in the coming years to become one of the fundamental engines and priority field of application of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. Consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals, one of the facets that will mark the near future of the industry's commitment will be to increase capacities to bring benefits to communities and sustainable local development within the framework of a just economy.
Destinations have the responsibility to promote formulas that enable sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth; and that, at the same time, contribute to full and productive employment and decent work for all (Goal 8). Particular emphasis is now placed on the access to decent work opportunities in the tourism sector, especially for young people and women, who can benefit from tourism through improved training and professional development. This also involves taking the necessary measures to maximize the economic benefits of tourism for the host community and to create strong links with the local economy of destination and other economic activities in the environment.
Within the framework of the New Urban Agenda Sustainable Development of urban destinations should be sought, understood as an integrative process that includes public authorities of the destination, citizenship, their companies and services, and the mechanisms for promoting destination and communication with tourists. Moving towards the development of sustainable urban destinations is a process of shared responsibility. Actors in sustainable tourism cities share the responsibility of maintaining the destination as a vibrant and prosperous place to live and visit. It is therefore essential to ensure that tourism destination governance includes all stakeholders, especially at local level, and that the roles and responsibilities of each are clearly defined.