The International Conference on Sustainable Tourism: Planet, People, Peace has become a venue for initiatives promoting sustainable tourism.
This year, our country will host the 6th International Conference on Sustainable Tourism: Planet, People, Peace (P3) –the only international venue on sustainable tourism hosted by Costa Rica and organized by the Costa Rican Chamber of Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism (CANAECO*) together with the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).
In its five years of existence, this conference has become one of the largest and most prominent events on sustainable tourism in the region. A triangular cooperation project among Uruguay, Costa Rica and Spain has been one of the outcomes, starting learning exchange on climate change and sustainable tourism.
This contact resulted in an exchange that allowed the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and key stakeholders to share the Sustainable Tourism Certificate with the Ministry of Tourism in Uruguay (MINTUR), the Ministry of Housing, Land Planning and Environment in Uruguay (MVOTMA), the National Climate Change Response System (SNRCC) and Uruguayan stakeholders in tourism, who are working on a sustainable tourism certification for Uruguay –Green Tourism Certificate (SVT).
Under this project, Uruguay has shared experiences on recovery of beaches through ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) techniques, implementing train-the-trainers activities with experts from the ICT and representatives from local committees of the Programa Bandera Azul Ecológica de Playas (Ecological Blue Flag Programme for Beaches), running this institute.
"The name 'Planet, People, Peace' represents the perspective from which issues are approached, showing our commitment to making a contribution to the Planet from the very essence of People, sharing our experience as a country of Peace," concluded Jackeline López, President of CANAECO.
"P3 strengthens the position of Costa Rica as a responsible destination, highlighting the efforts, best practices and innovative initiatives of the public and private sector in the country," she added.
The International P3 Conference will mark the high point to celebrate in the country the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, so declared by the United Nations General Assembly.
"From the perspective of the ICT, P3 is conceived as an event living up to the spirit of the Sustainable Tourism Model in which Costa Rica has believed for over three decades. Costa Rica has been considered a destination that promotes integrated sustainability in three lines of action: society, environment and economy, as a tool to promote culture and legitimacy of the peoples and boost social and economic welfare of communities and companies. No doubt, the ICT reaffirms its commitment to celebrating a new P3 conference and taking advantage of the UN declaration, to consolidate our image in terms of sustainable tourism" in addition to celebrating the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, stated Alberto López, General Manager of the ICT.
The past five conferences brought together over 1,100 national and international participants and over 110 world experts in sustainable tourism, from 26 different countries in the 5 continents.
The International Conference on Sustainable Tourism: Planet, People, Peace will be held on October 9 to 11. Participants can register on-line using this link: http://planetapersonaspaz.com/index.php/es/inscribase or find more information on Facebook: @planetpeoplepeace.