How can tourism drive sustainable development in the MENA region?

With tourism’s contribution to Middle Eastern GDP expected to increase from $200 billion to over $350 billion by 2025, the sustainability of its impact on local economic development will be vital to the regions’ social and ecological future.
IDEEA Group will be there when Ministers of Tourism and industry leaders in the Middle Easter and North African region (MENA) attend the UNWTO & Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum to discuss how to capitalise on tourism growth while building a sustainable ecosystem.
IDEEA Group’s Carl Obst will attend the Forum as panelist to talk on the topic of Tourism’s contribution to sustainable and inclusive economic growth and diversification in the MENA region. Carl will highlight the important role that SEEA based planning and reporting frameworks have to play in defining and assessing sustainable development strategies and targets, speaking on behalf of UNTWO about their Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST) Initiative.
This event provides an opportunity for local experts interested in learning more about Environmental Economic Accounting, SEEA and MST to meet Carl and discuss your own challenges for measuring and reporting on the social and environmental outcomes of economic development.

Measuring sustainable tourism

IDEEA Group will be presenting at the 6th UNWTO International Conference on Tourism Statistics in Manila during June. Under the broad conference theme of Measuring Sustainable Tourism,  our focus will be on SEEA aligned frameworks for integrating destination based measures of tourism’s impact across economic, social and environmental dimensions.

The Manila Conference aims to secure a Ministerial level resolution for UN members to adopt more sustainable, destination based development policies, as a key outcome for 2017 as The Year of Sustainable Tourism Development.