On April 29, 2020, tourists visiting the Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province, will visit the site in a file photo. Ministers of the Group of 77 and China on May 5, 2023 called for sustainable development of the tourism sector during a meeting held in Havana. PM XINHUA HAVANA tourism ministers from the Group of 77 G 77 and China on Friday called for sustainable development of the tourism industry during a meeting held here.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Manuel Marrero, Cuban prime minister, blasted the meeting as a great opportunity to increase collaboration in the tourism sector in the face of new challenges in the post-pandemic era.
This meeting is very important as it fosters the exchange of ideas and experiences among developing countries, he added, adding that the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the industry globally.
Venezuelan Minister Ali Padron said climate change will significantly affect the tourism industry, countries, therefore, they need to adopt preventive measures. We need to balance environmental, economic, and sociocultural issues, he said.
Veronica Pardo, Chichen's Undersecretary of Tourism, said that tourism development must be in line with environmental protection principles. We must take advantage of the resources provided by nature and we must keep working on eco-tourism, she said.
Gustavo Santos, regional director for the Americas of the World Tourism Organization, said that investment in sustainable infrastructure and adaptability to new tourist destinations is necessary.
We need to find mechanisms to increase South-South connectivity, he said, adding that the path of tourism development should be sustainable, inclusive, and resilient, adding: "It is necessary to find mechanisms to increase South-South connectivity.