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Central America Embraces “Conscious Tourism” Concept

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Central America, along with its other Latin neighbors, is pledging to adopt a new tourism policy known as Conscious Tourism. The policy combines ethical standards along with sustainability programs to positively change the ways of tourism and improve the quality of life for residents. 

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America Believes in “Conscious Tourism”: Ethical, Sustainable and Responsible

American countries decided today promote “conscious tourism,” a new policy proposal for the sector that combines ethical standards, sustainable and responsible human beings and nature. That is the main conclusion of the XX Congress of American ministers and high Tourism authorities of the Organization of American States (OAS), which concluded today in the Ecuadorian capital.

In the “Quito Consensus”, the representatives of the American countries also approved the Inter-American Travel Congress XXI is held in Honduras in 2013. also created the “Hemispheric Tourism Fund”, which will become a funding mechanism and regional cooperation, intended to “support” very poor communities that have significant tourist potential, but have not been able to access resources to develop them.

“Tourism awareness,” according to the final resolution, “is a concept that is under development,” but that can implement policies “to positively change the way of tourism and improve the welfare of our peoples.”

He also points out that to promote sustainable tourism must “fight the serious problems of poverty, social exclusion and inequality, through approaches that recognize the need for a responsible and ethical use of tourism resources by various stakeholders. ”

with the objective of “generate a more equitable economic development and inclusive to contribute effectively to the reduction of poverty and inequality.

” El “Quito Consensus” also calls for “promoting initiatives to encourage and facilitate tourism local, regional and intraregional, recognizing its importance for integration and knowledge “among peoples. At the close of the meeting, which was attended by the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, the Ecuadorian Minister of Tourism, Freddy Ehlers, host of the meeting, called on his colleagues to pursue the “dream” of a joint continental tour.

“We dream of the unity of our country, with the unity of human beings around the world” and the Tourism is a tool that can contribute to that goal, Ehlers said, noting that in the hard times facing the world, “humans have to change.”

American Congress concluded with a party, where Ecuadorian dancers took the lounge the plenary forum to thank national music and dance participation of delegates from America. During the meeting, which began on Wednesday, representatives from Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Republic Dominican, Ecuador, United States, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela, as well as delegates from various Caribbean islands.

Meeting Quito was also used by the ministers and authorities of the countries of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) to meet and agree on the establishment of a technical team to develop a proposal to create the region’s Tourism Board.

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