The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change.

#IY2017 will promote tourism’s role in the following five key areas:

  • Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
  • Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
  • Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change
  • Cultural values, diversity and heritage
  • Mutual understanding, peace and security.

Discover more about #IY2017 at

Activity ideas

New Zealand has a booming tourist trade and concerns have been raised about the impact of tourism on the natural and cultural environment. Careless trampers spread the spores associated with kauri dieback. Increased plane flights add to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. On the other hand, there is a big push to protect the environment so we can live up to the clean, green image so tourists continue to visit.

Students might like to debate how the five key areas in #!Y2017 will affect New Zealand.


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