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FiturNext 2020 Report

How can we inspire the future of tourism?

At the FiturNext Observatory, we have identified over 250 best practices in tourism that have positive effects and contribute to tackle social and environmental challenges. These challenges are key for the industry and are closely related to the Sustainable Development Goals..

How can tourism contribute to local economic development?

The challenge

The tourism industry is a major driver of global and local economy.  In addition, it has the potential to improve the quality of life of communities. Through the selected challenge, we look for best practices that can have positive effects on communities, groups and populations who did not previously benefit from this activity.

Our goal is that these practices can have a global impact through their replicability. We have identified three key areas of this challenge that these initiatives touch upon: tourism decentralization, creation of opportunities for local entrepreneurship initiatives, and an increase of inclusive employment and social equality.

Decentralization of tourism

Decentralization practices drive the development of responsible tourism and benefit communities that do not take part in the tourism industry or do so in a small capacity.

Some examples:

  • Local tourism networks and self-management 
  • Local consumption networks
  • Initiatives that connect  visitors and residents directly

Opportunities for local entrepreneurship initiatives

Fostering entrepreneurship initiatives leads to better profit distribution among local families, empowering them to take part in the consumption and service provision networks. 

Some examples: 

  • Entrepreneurship initiatives driven by the local population that offer products or services
  • Training that helps develop abilities and drive craft-based economy
  • Initiatives that enable access to credit options for local entrepreneurship

Inclusive employment and social equality

Creating jobs for the local population is the easiest and most basic way to provide opportunities for people in situations of vulnerability or minorities. 

Some examples: 

  • Training for local people to ensure access to stable and decent jobs
  • Introduction of locals to the supplier network
  • Plans to create employment for minorities or people in situations of vulnerability

Tourism represents:

Peronas mundo

of the global economy

1 out of 10
jobs in the world (319 million)

of the global GDP by 2030

Source: WTTC

Why is this challenge important for tourism?

Sustainability of the destination:

The development of new tourism initiatives drives the geographical distribution of visitors, which in turn leads to new synergies and attractions for a place. Protecting and nurturing social and environmental ecosystems helps destinations differentiate themselves from others in a sustainable way in the long run.

Experience of visitors:

Travellers are becoming increasingly concerned with the social, economic and cultural footprint of their trips. Introducing new local actors with specialized and unique knowledge improves tourism ecosystems and therefore the experience of visitors.

This initiative contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals

Decent work
Reduced Inequalities

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