COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
“The time we are living in is so uncertain. No one is sure whether you need oxygen to survive or to keep running. People are not sure what exactly needs to be done. This is not a unique situation to Sri Lanka alone, but for the entire world due to the pandemic”, remarked Hiran Cooray, President of the Sri Lanka Tourism Advisory Committee and partner of Sri Lanka’s Jetwing Hotels and Travels following the signing of a Commitment to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by the tourism industry stakeholders.
The signing took place at a virtual event organized jointly by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation of Freedom Sri Lanka and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce.
Signing members commit themselves to respect and contribute to the fulfilment of the SDG and to use those as a framework to structure their sustainability strategies, management system and operations.
Their commitment includes fair working conditions, respect for communities & cultural heritage, health & safety, efficient use of resources & infrastructure adaptation, good governance & ecosystem conservation and stewardship.
The initiative, open to all stakeholders of the Sri Lankan tourism industry, provides training in the following areas:
- Transfer of know-how like gap assessments, trainings, process optimization and support for certification.
- Public awareness through virtual activities with specialized media in Germany, corporate decision-makers, tourism associations, political representatives in Germany and Sri Lanka.
- Set-up of a digital platform to promote sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka and brand the partners of the initiative Sustainable Tourism Sri Lanka.
Members of the initiative agree to promote a sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka intended to retain the economic and social advantages of tourism development while reducing and mitigating any undesirable impacts on the natural, historic, cultural, or social environment.