Travel for LiFE: Ministry of Tourism Launches ‘Tourism for Tomorrow’ Competition
New Delhi, September 10, 2023 – The G20 Leaders’ Summit held in Delhi showcased India’s leadership in global unity and cooperation. Among the significant outcomes of the summit was the unanimous endorsement of tourism and culture as drivers of sustainable socio-economic development and prosperity. The ‘G20 Leaders Declaration’ highlighted the importance of the ‘Goa Roadmap for Tourism’ in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The ‘Goa Roadmap,’ a key deliverable of India’s G20 Tourism Track, is a pioneering initiative offering a blueprint for global sustainable tourism. It aligns with India’s G20 Presidency theme and emphasizes the role of tourism in society, the economy, and environmental stewardship.
The roadmap focuses on five interconnected priorities identified by the G20 Tourism Working Group:
- Green Tourism
- Tourism MSMEs (Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises)
- Destination Management
These priorities provide a comprehensive strategy for nations to align their tourism policies with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030.
To further this commitment, the Ministry of Tourism, in partnership with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), has launched the G20 Tourism and SDG Dashboard. This global repository will showcase best practices and case studies of sustainable tourism from G20 nations, aiding nations and stakeholders in their journey towards achieving SDGs through tourism.
The Ministry of Tourism plans to facilitate the implementation of the Goa Roadmap through education and awareness campaigns, sensitizing governments and private stakeholders to incorporate recommended actions for more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive tourism.
Additionally, the Ministry of Tourism is launching a national competition called ‘Tourism for Tomorrow.’ This competition aims to identify and recognize best practices and case studies aligned with the five priorities of the G20 Goa Roadmap. It will be officially launched on World Tourism Day on September 27.
Another significant development highlighted in the G20 leaders’ declaration is the launch of the “Travel for LiFE” initiative, inspired by Prime Minister’s vision of LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment). This initiative encourages tourists and tourism businesses to take simple yet impactful actions for environmental protection and climate action.
The Ministry of Tourism has aligned its programs under the ‘Travel for LiFE’ program, covering the entire tourism ecosystem. It will also recognize tourism businesses as ‘TFL certified’ based on the Ministry’s criteria.
The Ministry’s vision is to create a greener, cleaner, and more harmonious future, ensuring growth that is robust, just, equitable, and sustainable. They also aim to transform host cities of G20 Meetings in India into global MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) destinations.
In conclusion, the Ministry of Tourism is committed to leading the way in promoting sustainable tourism practices that will have a lasting impact on the world.
For more updates and information on these initiatives, stay connected with the Ministry of Tourism.