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Tourism should benefit both travellers and local communities, Vatican says

While tourism can broaden travellers’ horizons and improve local economies, it cannot be seen as being part of ‘sustainable development’ unless it includes respect for workers’ rights, the local culture and the environment, said Cardinal Peter Turkson.

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, noted the cardinal, who is prefect of the Vatican official for integral human development.

In a message for the celebration of World Tourism Day on 27th September, Cardinal Turkson said that according to the social teaching of the Catholic Church, ‘true development cannot be restricted to economic growth alone. In fact, to be authentic, it must be well rounded; that is, it must foster the development of each man and of the whole man’.

The World Tourism Organisation reported that in 2016, the number of international tourist arrivals was around 1.2 billion; one out of 11 jobs globally are in tourism. ‘It therefore occupies an important place in the economies of individual states and in policies that focus on inclusive development and environmental sustainability globally,’ the cardinal wrote in his message, which was released on 1st August by the Vatican.

Picture: A tourist is seen parked next to Sacred Heart Basilica in Paris. While tourism can broaden travellers’ horizons and improve local economies, it cannot be seen as being part of ‘sustainable development’ unless it includes respect for workers’ rights, the local culture and the environment, said Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. (CNS photo/Christian Hartmann, Reuters).