CHICAGO (CBS) — The United Nations has declared 2017 the year of Sustainable Tourism.
This is “a unique opportunity to advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability—economic, social and environmental,” said the Secretary-General of the World Travel Organization, Taleb Rifai. “While raising awareness of the true dimensions of a sector which is often undervalued.”
So, what exactly is sustainable tourism?
The United Nations defines sustainable tourism as “that which takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.”
Sustainable tourism is not something that requires traveling half way around the world, it is something you can do close to home. WBBM’s Rob Hart explains.