Organised by the International Coalition for Responsible Tourism, the 7th meeting of the actors for responsible tourism took place on Monday 3rd June and celebrated the Vanilla Islands. The symposium gathered more than 200 experts, professionals and decision-makers at the auditorium of the Ile-de-France Regional Council.
“ISLANDS, LABORATORY FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM”
What governance to preserve the heritage of the islands?
Events were organised by the members of the International Coalition for Responsible Tourism in Paris,Rennes, the Rhône-Alpes as well as in Benin, Cameroon, Mali, Togo and, for the first time, in Latin America in Peru at the Titicaca Lake. All these local and international initiatives were presented in the opening of the symposium organised in Paris. Their authors were also named before the audience.
The main supporter of this 7th edition, PASCAL SAFFACHE, PhD in Geography and Senior lecturer at the University of the French West Indies and French Guiana, presented the event. He gave an introduction on the fragile ecosystem of the islands and explained how the local populations are dependent upon the rich coast of the islands. He thus demonstrated that tourism could strongly impact the islands if it were badly managed, in particular bad management of hotels built on water or of scuba diving.
FRAGILE ISLANDS AND LOCALS FACING A BADLY MANAGED TOURISM
Different round tables introduced one after the other issues such as the heritage of the islands, the good practices of sustainable tourism in islands and this year’s invited territory : THE VANILLA ISLANDS.
To conclude the symposium, the World Tourism Organisation and the UNESCO presented their position and the tools made available to the destinations in order to establish a good sustainable tourism practice.
For a good governance, it has been demonstrated that a global vision with local support needs to be integrated to develop a territorial project in sustainable tourism.
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL COALITION FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
The I.C.T.R. gathers tourism professional experts, 156 actors in 52 countries around the world, committed to a responsible tourism, as well as a scientific committee made of experts on the three pillars of sustainable development (economic / equity, social / cultural, environment / biodiversity).
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