Guatemala City, by Yuliza Muñoz -AGN- Guatemala participated in the regular meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development -CIDI- of the Organization of American States -OAS-. The meeting was held on sustainable tourism as a development model. Representing the country was the Chief of the Legal Department of the Guatemalan Tourism Institute -Inguat-.
During her speech, the delegate explained the implementation of sustainable tourism observatories in Antigua Guatemala, and Petén. She also explained the promotional strategies implemented to position Guatemala as a unique tourist destination in the region.
Observatory for Sustainable Tourism
It is a system developed by the World Tourism Organization -UNWTO- to manage scientific information on tourism to create improvements and solve different problems. They are also part of Insto, the network of observatories in charge of monitoring the sector’s impact.
This initiative focuses on UNWTO’s growing commitment to a sustainable and resilient tourism sector in its member regions.
According to the data, since their creation in 2004, at least 31 observatories have joined the UNWTO Insto Network to manage tourism plans based on evidence from this tool.
Inguat is responsible for integrating, updating, systematizing, and distributing statistical information on Guatemalan tourism. It is also in charge of planning, development, and promotion processes for decision-making in this industry.
CIDI, as an OAS agency, reports to the General Assembly. Its purpose is to promote cooperation in solidarity among all member states to support their integral development.
The core purpose is to eliminate poverty by implementing the Strategic Plan of Solidarity Action for Integral Development.