This March 23, 300 local (municipal and city) and provincial tourism policy-makers and stakeholders gather to discuss issues hounding sustainability of tourism development in Cebu island and to propose long-term solutions at the Mountain Wing Atrium of the SM Seaside City.

The Cebu Provincial Tourism Office is one with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in celebrating 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The international year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute effectively to the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The declaration of the UNWTO this year is a unique opportunity to advance the tourism of Cebu Province to address and raise awareness to the three pillars of sustainability which are the economic, social and environmental.

Cebu as an island destination has a lot of issues: dependence on tourism, fragile ecosystems, limited geography and resources (land, forests and water), and complexities of planning, development and management. This complexity gives rise to a multitude of other issues. This is what DETOUR is all about.

DETOUR (The Municipal and City Tourism Council Summit; a shortened word for Development + Environment + Tourism) will have its theme: Disrupting Cebu’s Tourism: Taking the Route to Sustainability. DETOUR is a response to United Nations’ call to harness Sustainable Tourism for Development. It is also a prelude to the Island Tourism Forum to be held in Cebu in September this year.

For more updates, please visit the Facebook Page of SugbuTurismo or call the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office at 253-5642.

 

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