Lima, the capital of Peru, joined the Global Destination Sustainability Movement
(GDS-Movement) to co-create a sustainable and regenerative strategy that can act as an engine to drive the recovery of the sector and prepare for long-term qualitative growth benefiting all interest groups. There will be multi-stakeholder participation in order to achieve the reorientation of the business and tourism sector and see it contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
On behalf of the destination, Lima will bring together stakeholders to identify a sustainability strategy, compare and evaluate the performance of meetings and business events in Lima through the GDS-Index. Together with the Municipality of Lima, through the Department of Tourism, and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, they will collaboratively lead the development and increase awareness and action on the SDGs in the sector.
As the world readjusts to the COVID-19 crisis and seeks to recover from the economic and social shocks, the tourism, events and meetings industry is asking questions such as: “How can tourism and events serve to transform our society?” and “What skills and leadership do we now need to transition out of disaster into a flourishing new paradigm?” The meetings sector plays a fundamental role in ensuring that future events have a positive net effect on society and the environment in which they take place.
“The Meeting Industry is highly beneficial for the destination: it adjusts the tourism demand, creates a great economic impact and generates the exchange of knowledge. In addition to infrastructure and innovation, it is key for Peru to position itself as a sustainable MICE destination”, said Amora Carbajal, Director of Tourism Promotion at PROMPERÚ
. “We are convinced that this will mark the beginning of an alliance that will allow the integration of existing initiatives, the acceleration of development and the positioning of Peru as a sustainable tourism destination, and especially Lima as a sustainable MICE destination”.
„Lima’s commitment to accelerate the journey towards a sustainable destination demonstrates leadership.“
Guy Bigwood, Managing Director of the GDS-Movement, acknowledged the destination: “Lima’s commitment to accelerate the journey towards a sustainable destination demonstrates leadership and is a necessary shift towards a regenerative future, greater resilience and economic transformation. Peru is becoming a shining star with regards to sustainable tourism, and it is an honour to support Lima as they embark on this critical journey.”