By intermediary and initiative of the Permanent Mission of Honduras at the United Nations in New York, the annexed resolution has been achieved, in support of sustainable tourism development in Central America, which has been supported by Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Georgia, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saudi Arabia.
It is important to mention, that this statement was inspired by the recommendations of the first seminar on sustainable tourism held in Roatán, in June of 2011 and especially in the statement of our Council, issued on July 7, 2011 and in the Declaration of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of countries of SICA, in July of the same year.
It has highlighted various topics or aspects included in the Declaration, that undoubtedly links us with other institutions or sectors at national and regional levels, such as environment, culture, education, social, climate change, MSEs and SGSICA.
The Belize Tourism Industry Association congratulates the Permanent Mission in Honduras for their superb efforts in this initiative, we are certainly proud of being a member of the Federation of Chambers of Tourism in Central America (FEDECATUR) and will continue to participate actively within our sustainable tourism mandate said James Scott, President, BTIA. There are several projects on the table under FEDECATUR which the BTIA will be presenting to its members over the course of 2012, the year of sustainable tourism.
In summary, the resolution contains the following:
1. Invites States Members of the United Nations and other stakeholders, and
implementation of existing programmes designed to launch and promote sustainable tourism throughout the region, in coordination with the Central American Commission for Environment and Development, and welcomes their contribution to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in this regard;
3. Encourages the Central American countries, through the Central American Tourism Council and the Central American Tourism Secretariat, to continue to support sustainable tourism with policies that foster responsive and inclusive tourism, strengthen regional identity and protect the natural and cultural heritage, especially their ecosystems and biodiversity and notes that existing initiatives, such as the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, among other international initiatives, can deliver direct and focused support to Governments to this end;
in particular through the consumption of sustainable tourism products and services, and to strengthen the development of ecotourism, taking into account the declaration of 2012 as the Year of Sustainable Tourism in Central America, while maintaining the culture and environmental integrity of indigenous and local communities and enhancing the protection of ecologically sensitive areas and the natural heritage, and to promote the development of sustainable tourism and capacity-building in order to contribute to the strengthening of rural and local communities and small and medium-sized enterprises, taking into account the need to address, inter alia, the challenges of climate change and the need to halt the loss of biodiversity;
To this knowledge we disseminate this great effort especially at the start of this year 2012 that we have assumed the great challenge of contributing to the challenge to the strengthening of sustainable tourism in our countries within Central America.
Finally SGSICA has received a proposal for the Second seminar on Sustainable Tourism to be held in Copan Ruinas from May 16 – 18 of the current year. We will submit more information as it becomes available.