Urban Tourism: Fair and Sustainable City Agenda
Seoul will host the Seoul International Fair & Sustainable Tourism Forum 2017 (SIFT 2017) on September 7th.
2017 is a year of sustainable tourism development designated by the United Nations. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), 1.25 billion international arrivals and this amounts to 10% of global GDP. We are witnessing a dramatic quantitative growth in tourism as the number of international tourists is increasing every year. In response residents and tourists are increasingly demanding sustainable growth focusing on environmental conservation and respect for social culture and residents in tourism destinations.
While the concept of “Responsible Tourism” which emphasises the responsibility of tourists and the industry has emerged from the European region in Asia and Africa more emphasis has been placed on inclusive forms of tourism which engage communities as leaders and guides as in Community-Based Tourism or CBT.
Korea has also witnessed an increasing demand for fair tourism. Over the last 10 years as volumes have increased tourists and citizens have come to favour forms of tourism where the environment is conserved, economic benefits are created, and everyone’s rights to free travel is observed during tourism. The tourism industry in Korea has recently experienced a decline in international arrivals, some areas of the country are suffering from over-tourism, overwhelmed with complaints of residents. This is common trend appearing not just in Seoul but also in other big cities in Europe and Asia, such as Barcelona and Venezia.
The Forum will provide new urban tourism platform as a fair and sustainable city agenda. The forum’s scheduling of sessions will be as follows:
Session 1. Urban Tourism: Challenges and Case Studies
Session 2. Agenda and Strategies on Urban Tourism
Special Session in Collaboration with the UNWTO – Tourism for All: Advancing Universal Accessibility in Urban Destinations
There will be a technical tour through ‘Seoullo 7017’ and ‘Bukchon Hanok Village’ and farewell luncheon on following day of forum – September 8th.
SlFT forum is open and free for everyone who are interested in Fair & Sustainable Tourism.
For more information on SIFT 2017, please to visit the official website: www.seoulfairtourismforum.net