Alliance to tackle social impact of tourism in new partnership

by: Felicity Cousins | March 21, 2024

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance has partnered with The International Social Tourism Organisation (ISTO) with the aim to drive responsible tourism that is accessible to all.

ISTO is an international non-profit organisation which brings together stakeholders from the social, sustainable and solidarity tourism sectors across the globe.

Its mission is to promote social sustainability in the tourism sector by fostering collaboration and driving impactful initiatives worldwide.

The partnership will look at the importance of developing social tourism that is open to all and includes supporting communities and local areas, ensuring Net Positive Hospitality – where the industry gives back to the destination more than it takes.

The Alliance will work with ISTO on the social aspect of the tourism sector sharing knowledge and learnings and support relevant events and projects.

Isabel Novoa, president of ISTO said:“At ISTO, we are dedicated to fostering inclusive and equitable access to tourism for all individuals and communities. By working together, we can leverage our collective strengths to advance policies and programs that support local communities and ensure the industry remains open and accessible to everyone. I look forward to our continued partnership and the positive impact we can create together.”

Glenn Mandziuk CEO of the Alliance said:”The hospitality industry is in a unique position to support local communities in which it operates whilst ensuring the sector is truly open to all.  The social impact our industry can have is significant and we look forward to working with ISTO to help promote and advance policies and programmes that promote equitable access to tourism.”

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