The era of change and innovation in taking action for the pandemic-affected world tourism industry is why world tourism leaders are rethinking at the 110th Session of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Tourism Committee.
The conference was held in Paris, France, the week before October, and was attended by tourism ministers and representatives from more than 20 countries around the world. ICT General Manager Alberto López represented Costa Rica at the event on behalf of Tourism Minister William Rodríguez.
Costa Rica actively participated in the above-mentioned meeting, with 3 proposals on two specific topics of interest
The first proposal included an assessment of the use of the term “climate emergency” when referring to climate change. “In our view, elevating what is happening in the world and really placing it in an emergency, not only in our country but in the rest of the world, can lead to decisions, strategies and actions that can lead to implementation,” explains Alberto López, General Manager of ICT Said that in order to minimise the destructiveness of this climate emergency, it could have an impact in the short term.
The second theme consists of showing that sustainability tends to lean mainly towards the environmental axis, leaving aside the social and economic axis, and thus, in the first instance, ways to promote this theme are proposed. The Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT) proposes a mediation between the OECD Tourism Committee and the International Social Tourism Organization (ISTO) to advance this issue and incorporate the socio-economic context.
role models for other countries
“We have proposed a presentation to explain to OECD participants what is included in the Tourism Social Progress Index implemented by Costa Rica, in order to assess that other countries can also use it,” said López. Currently 38 countries from North and South America to Europe and Asia Pacific are members of the OECD, and they are our countries.
Conform to the new trend of tourism
In this session, invited countries participated in topics including: OECD tourism trends and policies for 2022, recent key events in national tourism policies, and experiences in developing national tourism and tourism strategies for 2022.
In addition, conceptual and practical exchanges were conducted on the latest developments and political priorities to recover from COVID-19 in a changing economic and geopolitical context, how to improve and support a more sustainable tourism industry, on trends and measures Share perspectives to support a green recovery and accelerate the transition to greener business models, value chains and tourism destinations.
Likewise, a draft work plan for 2023-24 was developed to strengthen tourism information and data systems, improve the evidence base for the formulation of tourism policy and the development of sustainable tourism. (https://thecostaricanews.com/costa-rican-tourism-social-progress-index-stands-out-among-latest-tourism-trends-in-the-world/)