Published On: Wed, Nov 22nd, 2017

Social protests by the tourist saturation: a call alert

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, said that growth is not the enemy, the key is to manage growth in a sustainable, responsible and intelligent manner.

touristMore than 60 ministers of tourism and private sector leaders gathered in London for the Ministerial Summit of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on tourism saturation ( "overtourism"). Max Foster moderated by CNN International, the Summit concluded that it was necessary that the tourism sector establish smooth relations and better with local communities.

The community engagement, communication, congestion management, proper planning and product diversification were highlighted as key issues in addressing tourism saturation.

The Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai said while inaugurating the Summit: "Growth is not the enemy, the numbers are not the enemy, the key is to manage growth in a sustainable way, responsible and intelligent, and use the power of growth in our favor. "

Rifai added: "We can not continue to build five-star hotels three stars in companies Jobs and charity are not enough - we need to diversify the activities of visitors, reducing seasonality and raise awareness of the less crowded destinations.".

Participants expressed their agreement with the need to sensitize communities about the benefits of the sector to improve the use of economic data to measure and manage the impact of tourists and streams of tourists, and to promote the development of tourism experiences that compromise and directly benefit communities.

The emergence of new platforms tourist services, or the so-called collaborative economy were discussed in depth, and participants recognized that these phenomena continue to rise, so they need to be understood and managed destinations individually and specifically.

The participants in the Summit were:

Hon. Mr. Mauricio Ventura Aragón, Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica. 
Exc. Ms. Elena Kountoura, Minister of Tourism of Greece. 
Mr. Ryoichi Matsuyama, President of the National Tourism Organization of Japan (JNTO). 
HE Mr. Mohamed Sajid, Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Crafts and Economy Socia, Morocco 
Hon. Mr. Enrique de la Madrid, Mexico Secretary of Tourism. 
Hon. Mr. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Trade Development Authority and Tourism Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates. 
Hon. Mr. John Glen, Minister for Arts Heritage and Tourism UK. 
Mr. Istvan Ujhelyi, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament.
Ms. Gloria Guevara, President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). 
Mr. Patrick Robinson, Policy Officer for the Europe, Middle East and Africa Airbnb. 
Ms. Inge Huijbrechts, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility Group Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. 
Ms. Kate Gibson, vice president of corporate global responsibility of the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG). 
Mr. Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, chairman of Silversea Cruises.

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