World Tourism Organization

Topic A: Sustainable Development of Tourism in Developing Countries

Topic B: Synergies between Tourism and Culture

Working Language: English

Size: 50

Representation: Single Delegate

Rules of Procedure: Beijing Rules of Procedure (Motion-oriented)

Introduction to the Committee and the Topic:

Tourism has experienced continued growth and deepening ‎diversification to become one of the fastest growing industries in the world over decades, the business volume of which equals or even surpasses that of oil exports, ‎food products or automobiles. As one of the major players in ‎international commerce, tourism also represents one of the main income ‎sources for many developing countries. Tourism is a major activity with characteristics that make it particularly valuable as an agent for development. Developing countries, however, face a particular fragility in their natural, economic, social and human environments which could jeopardize the sector’s dynamism. With such a significant potential for development, the need for a sustainable approach to tourism in developing countries to promote growth in the long term while maintaining a balanced use of resources is imperative. Moreover, tourism serves as a bridge to connect different cultures. Sustainable tourism development requires protection of cultural heritage, and cultural heritage at the same time stimulates the development of tourism. Sustainable development of tourism in developing countries and strengthening the synergies between tourism and culture can all contribute to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.