(08 Jun 2021)
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has welcomed
Mallorca’s Sustainable Tourism Observatory into its International
Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO).
Mallorca normally welcomes millions of visitors every year and the Mallorca Sustainable
Tourism Observatory (STO) is a key new element of the island’s
strategy to preserve the destination and assess how the sector
affects the natural environment, economy, and residents.
The observatory will systematically monitor the environmental,
social and economic impact of tourism and so facilitate
evidence-based decision making.
Key objectives for the island’s
tourism sector include promoting a circular economy within
hospitality, reducing the overall carbon footprint, and promoting
local gastronomy to enhance Mallorca’s reputation and increases
Crespí, President of the Consell de Mallorca, said, “The Mallorca
Sustainable Tourism Observatory will play a fundamental role in
monitoring and dealing with issues like job creation and
sustainable production and consumption, public health and safety
and security, human rights, quality education and inequalities.
Being part of UNWTO’s global network of observatories will help
Mallorca become a more dynamic, attractive and sustainable destination.”
The Mallorca Sustainable Tourism Observatory
is managed by the Fundación Mallorca Turismo, part of Mallorca´s
Island Council and is supported by the local and national Spanish
public and private sector.
The observatory is the third in Spain,
following on from the inclusion of the Navarre and Canary Islands
Tourism Observatory into INSTO, and brings the worldwide total to
Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General, said, “We warmly welcome the Mallorca Sustainable
Tourism Observatory into our global network of observatories. As a
mature destination, the observatory’s work will generate more and
better evidence of the economic, environmental and social impacts
that tourism has on the destination. This will further facilitate
the decision-making process and ensure that tourism can continue
to be a tool for sustainable development.”
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