Key objectives

The Regional SCP Roadmap will seek to facilitate sustainable tourism development practices within Asia Pacific with the purpose of addressing the needs of present tourists and host countries in the region while protecting and enhancing opportunities for a sustainable future.

The roadmap will facilitate this through the integration of sustainable consumption and production patterns at the regional and national level through activities that promote sustainable tourism related policies and frameworks within the region. Based on priorities identified by the countries in the region the Roadmap will further seek to endorse increased collaboration amongst stakeholders within the tourism sector to promote sector performance, and facilitate the application of tools, instruments and technical solutions to prevent and mitigate tourism impacts and to mainstream SCP patterns among tourism stakeholders.

Links to SDGs and the 10YFP

in this sectoral work package will contribute the implementation of the following sustainable development goals (SDGs):

  • 8.9, 12.1, 12.b, 13.b, 14.7

Roadmap activities 

A. Regional or national awareness raising campaigns

  • A1: Provide Sustainable Tourism awareness raising and capacity building through established sub-regional SCP fora, including stronger networking and dialogue through the 10YFP ST Programme
  • A2: Engage with financial institutions by assisting them in incorporating new sustainability criteria and types of finance into their product lines; assisting them in developing specific products for different tourism industry segments; building awareness and capacity; promoting innovative finance delivery channels; providing technical assistance to manage investment funds focused on sustainable tourism. (UNEP)
  • A3: Promote guidelines for developing sustainable tourism master plans and strategies on SCP, aligning with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Paris Agreement (UNEP)

B. National training activities

  • B1: Trainings on how to implement sustainable tourism performance standards for Asia Pacific countries (UNEP)
  • B2: Engagement of private sector, especially SMEs in monitoring and reporting improvement of performance on resource efficiency and climate change
  • B3: Develop tourism value chain and eco-innovation approaches

C. Public/private partnerships

  • C1: Implementation of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Tourism InSPIRE Awards (UNEP)
  • C2: Development of tourism consumer campaigns to promote the demand of sustainable tourism products and services (UNEP)
  • C3: Monitoring sites selection and development of monitoring criteria for checking impact of 10YFP activities on the different tourism industries/destinations.
  • C4: Sustainability related data collection in both public and private sector

D. Regional/sub-regional policy dialogues, trainings and networking

  • D1: Development of regional/sub-regional hotel sustainable performance standards or classification for Asia Pacific (UNEP)
  • D2: Promotion and mainstreaming the application of sustainable destination planning instruments, best practices, models and procedures with an integrated approach in a selected number of countries.
  • D3: Financing Sustainable Tourism Forum: How can SMEs benefit and access the right kind of investment
  • D4: Capacity building project for local residents to preserve local culture and develop community-based tourism