The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently joined the tourism ministers of the G20 Economies meeting in Buenos Aires and called on G20 leaders to consider including tourism in their agenda.
In his meeting with the President of Argentina and current G20 Chair Mauricio Macri, UNWTO Secretary General, Zurab Pololikashvili, stressed the capacity of tourism to create jobs and the need to advance the adaptation of the sector to the digital transformation.
“Let us embrace the technological revolution and unleash its potential to create more and better jobs in our sector, making tourism a true pillar of the G20 objectives of inclusive and sustained growth,” Pololikashvili said in his opening remarks to the meeting.
Tourism ministers of the G20 Economies agreed on considering the following:
- Encouraging policies that promote full and productive employment; facilitate the progress of innovation in tourism and foster the creation of decent jobs, sustainable enterprises and entrepreneurship, in particular among women and the youth;
- Establishing favorable frameworks to stimulate innovation, entrepreneurship and connect ecosystems linking startups, main companies, investors and governments along the tourism value chain;
Creating cooperation mechanisms between educational institutions at all levels, the private sector, governments and technology partners to review educational programs and skills development policies;
- Considering the importance of SMEs in the tourism, heritage and cultural sectors due to their contribution to job creation as well as their role in preserving and promoting cultural resources;
- Promoting the use of digital technology to facilitate travel as well as involving technology stakeholders in national tourism policies.
According to an announcement, G20 countries received 904 million international tourist arrivals in 2016, which generated over US$ 1 trillion or 6.3 percent of all G20 exports.