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"Sustainable tourism" fulfills the needs of visitors, industries, the environment, and host communities while being mindful of the immediate and lasting economic, social, and environmental impacts.

"Fair tourism" is the manifestation of sustainable tourism and thereby promotes fair distribution of the expected benefits by guaranteeing equal relationships between stakeholders, fair processes, procedures, and distribution of the outcomes.

"Fair tourism" is the key to achieving qualitative improvements in tourism so that visitors, tourist destinations, and local residents alike may prosper. In light of environmental pollution, destruction of civilizations, and waste caused by increased tourist activities, future tourism developments should put people, culture, and the environment at the center.

Sustainable tourism is firmly embedded in the SDGs – the most comprehensive set of global goals set by the UN and the international community for the year 2030. Tourism has direct and indirect bearing on the 17 goals for peace and humanity, but the following in particular have great pertinence.

Goal 8. Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
Goal 11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies, provide access to justice for all, and build an effective,
responsible, and inclusive system

Peace Tourism Week 2019aims to raise global awareness about inter-Korean peace tourism and create momentum for North-South tourism.
At the Peace Tourism International Forum, we hope to find new pathways toward sports and tourism-based peace, identify what Seoul has to offer and the tasks ahead to develop peace tourism. In addition, business agreements will be signed with ten local governments of regions in the vicinity of the DMZ to spread an atmosphere of peace across the Korean peninsula and promote sustainable tourism in Seoul.

The Seoul International Fair & Sustainable Tourism Forum 2019 aims to search for ways urban tourism can help facilitate fair consumption and production and open a venue for discussions about applying and integrating leading best practices in Seoul. Furthermore, the Forum will provide an opportunity for us to explore ways to bring about transformative change to tourism so that visitors can enjoy themselves while the region and peoples’ livelihoods remain intact. Under the banner of inclusive tourism as a facilitator towards creating a peaceful and fair world, this year’s forum will without a doubt provide us with invaluable insights.

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