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Sustainable tourism is an important element in achieving SDGs

10 February 2021

The Decree № 58 of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus of January 29, 2021 approved the State Program “Belarus Hospitable” for 2021-2025. The text of the program can be found at the link. The Ministry of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus coordinates the implementation of the State Program.

The State program “Belarus Hospitable” for 2021 — 2025 has been developed taking into account the priorities of social and economic development of the Republic of Belarus for 2021 — 2025 and is aimed at improvement of the state policy in the sphere of tourism. The purpose of the State Program is the formation and development of a modern competitive tourist complex, increasing the contribution of tourism to the national economy development . The future potential development of tourism in the Republic of Belarus is associated with the resumption of tourist flows, diversification and improvement of the quality of tourist services, increasing the investment attractiveness of tourism.

Implementation of the State Program “Belarus Hospitable” for 2021-2025 will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, including openness, safety and environmental sustainability of cities and towns, promotion of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, decent work for all, protection of the environment and cultural values of the country.

The targets of the State Program correlate with the indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals. Objective 8.9 of Goal 8 “By 2030, ensure the development and implementation of strategies to promote sustainable tourism that promotes job creation, local culture and local products” (indicator: Share of tourism employment in total employment) and objective 12b of Goal 12 “Develop and implement tools to monitor the impact on sustainable development of sustainable tourism that promotes job creation, local culture and local products” (indicators: Number of touristic strategies and directives and tourist services export).

 

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