G-20 Ministers Seek Diverse Destinations to Tackle Overtourism

Economy Politics

Kutchan, Hokkaido, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)--Tourism ministers of the Group of 20 major advanced and developing economies pledged Saturday to encourage travelers to visit diverse destinations in an effort to tackle so-called overtourism.

In a declaration adopted at their meeting in Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, the G-20 ministers said they will encourage travelers to "visit diverse destinations to revitalize local economies and improve sustainability of the tourism destination."

The meeting focused on responses to overtourism, a situation in which travelers flock to particular destinations, causing problems to local communities such as congestion, as well as on the contribution of tourism to community building.

"The geographic distribution of tourism promotes job creation and entrepreneurship, supporting employment in rural areas and regional development," said the declaration, designed to advance tourism's contribution to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

Also, the declaration stated that the member countries will share "best practices in crisis management and crisis communication" during and in the aftermath of disasters, and make "full use of the digital transformation" to improve tourism.

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