Celebration of the Day of the Mesoamerican Reef Winds Up the Fifth Sustainable & Social Tourism Summit

During the event, public and private agreements were signed to promote sustainability in the tourism sector of SICA (Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana) and Mexico.

By Jorge J. J. Martínez

The Fifth Sustainable & Social Tourism Summit, held in Quintana Roo, Mexico, was a success. Participants from around the world presented conferences and panel discussions about innovation, social responsibilities of the business sector, renewable tourism, financial opportunities, the role of the private sector, investments, the technological revolution and tourism. Participants numbered 150 in-person guests with nearly 400 more online.

Several agreements to boost sustainable tourism in Mexico and Central America were signed during the four-day event.

One of the most significant was the Convenio Marco de Colaboración (Framework for Cooperation Agreement) between the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (or CCAD, for its acronym in Spanish), the Central American Secretary of Touristic Integration (SITCA), and the Sustainable & Social Tourism Summit AC (SUSTENTUR), to establish mechanisms for collaboration.

According to this pact, regional authorities, local and national governments, multilateral organizations, civil societies and community organizations will cooperate on touristic activities.

The goal is to promote—at the regional level of touristic activities—conservation, ecosystem restoration, blue growth, integrated actions involving reef basins, and training of regional actors in the tourism sector.

A forum to celebrate the Day of the Mesoamerican Reef was broadcast in more than 25 countries, raising consciousness about the conservation and restoration of this vital and unique resource.

The event respected relevant sanitation measures and enjoyed the participation of authorities such as Mexico’s tourism secretary, Miguel Torruco Marqués and Quintana Roo governor Carlos Joaquín González.

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