Namibia To Host World Sustainable Tourism Conference In 2015
Namibia will host the fifth International Symposium and Annual Conference of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism (GPST) from Feb 23 to 25 next year.
The GPST is an initiative under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to introduce sustainable principles into mainstream global tourism.
It aims to make tourism more sustainable by affiliating with governments, destinations, enterprises and consumers in the tourism supply chain to implement projects which are innovative and transformative.
The event will take place under the theme “Advancing sustainable tourism: Securing the legacy of our cultural and natural heritage”.
Namibia made a bid to host the event in March this year and in June received green light to go ahead with the conference.
Minister of Environment and Tourism Uahekua Herunga said the GPST was recognising Namibia‘s achievements in becoming one of the world’s leading destinations working to find the most effective balance between conservation, tourism and community development.
“Namibia is ready to showcase to the world the spirit of a nation committed to conservation and community empowerment through social and economic transformation, partnerships and innovation,” he said.