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Our sustainable holidays: When not working to achieve "Trade for Good', staff at ITC aim to achieve 'Tourism for Good'.

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, more than 1.2 billion people travelled in 2015. A number that keeps growing. Whereas only a few decades ago, international tourism was largely reserved for the rich, travel has become 'cheap' and anyone can today board a plane to visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, take a selfie on the Great Wall in Beijing, or eat Baklava in Istanbul's Bazaar.

For the photo feature of this issue of International Trade Forum, we asked colleagues at the International Trade Centre to submit photos from their holidays and what sustainable tourism means to them. From mountaineering in Switzerland to encounters with indigenous people in the US, there is no one answer to what constitutes sustainable tourism. What the photos have in common is that they all--in different ways--show the need for tourism to go hand in hand with nature and people.

1. Dreamcatchers made by Navajo people hang in front of Monument Valley, Arizona, USA.

2. Classical cars line a street in Cuba's capital, Havana.

3. A view from Dome de Couter towards Aiguille de Bionnasay, one of the satellite peaks of the Mont Blanc massif on the border between France and Italy.

4. The San Blas Islands outside Panama are regulated by the Kuna people who regulate and control the tourism on the islands. This allows them to preserve nature and life below water, and sustain their culture.

5. Fishermen return from sea with fresh catch in the village of Kuta in Bali, Indonesia.

6. Colourful prayer mats are laid out in front of the Wasir Khan Mosque in Lahore, Pakstan.

7. Rwanda's Minister of Trade and Industry Francois Kanimba.

EKATERINA BAGLAEVA, Consultant, International Trade Centre

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Title Annotation:PHOTO SPECIAL; International Trade Centre; United Nations World Tourism Organization
Comment:Our sustainable holidays: When not working to achieve "Trade for Good', staff at ITC aim to achieve 'Tourism for Good'.(PHOTO SPECIAL)(International Trade Centre)(United Nations World Tourism Organization)
Author:Baglaeva, Ekaterina
Publication:International Trade Forum
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2017
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