Due to its continuous growth and its many interlinkages with other sectors, sustainable tourism has been recognized globally as an enabling agent of change. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflect this recognition as well as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 (IY 2017), which prominently features the need for measurement in destinations as crucial element for an evidence-driven development of tourism that is based on a participatory approach, inclusiveness and timely monitoring.

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