The microsite “Responsible tourism, a commitment by all” is already available in English, as well as the e-publication that can be downloaded from the site. This materials was presented in September of 2016, and were the result of months of work by a group of 13 entities of the tourism sector coordinated by the Spanish Global Compact Network and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (UN), and in collaboration with Viajes el Corte Inglés and UNWTO, all the documentation, videos, best practices and all the theoretical and practical knowledge of this microsite has been translated into English.
The website highlights the role of tourism companies in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include tourism as an effective tool in the three pillars of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. The involvement of the private sector in this process is essential and has been identified as key to the implementation of the Agenda 2030.
The content, also in English, is a commitment to the diffusion of the role of the private sector in such an important economic activity. It can now reach public, suppliers, employees and customers, from all over the world.
As a renewal of the working group and for other challenges of 2017, the 13 entities may be joined by other companies in the sector that sign the Code of Ethics of the Tourism Organization and become partners of the Spanish Global Compact Network.
Companies whose best practices can be consulted are: Europa Mundo Vacaciones SL, Formagrupo, Fuerte Hoteles SL, Iberia, Ilunion Hotels (Grupo Ilunion SA), Minube, NH Hotel Group SA, Ostelea, School of Tourism & Hospitality, Port Aventura, RENFE, Segittur, Tarannà and El Corte Inglés Traveling.
This working group emerged from a collaborative agreement in 2015 between the Global Compact Network Spain and UNWTO. The objectives were: on one hand a publication with the current situation of the sector and the main developing challenges, based on the United Nations Agenda 2030. On the other hand we want tourism companies in Spain to provide the keys to contribute to the SDGs.