Peru's Capital, Lima, Joins the Global Destination Sustainability Movement

Lima, the capital of Peru, has announced the development of a long-term strategy that will revitalize its tourism and business sector. In partnership with the Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDS-Movement), Lima will co-create a sustainable and regenerative strategy to guide and enable Peru toward a new future, where the well-being and quality of life of residents and visitors are in balance and economically inclusive. 

This is a first for the country and for the third-largest city on the South American continent. There will be multi-stakeholder participation in order to achieve the reorientation of the business and tourism sector and see it contributing to the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

On January 18, Lima marked its 486th year since being founded, and it says there couldn't be a better way to map out a restorative future than to join the GDS-Movement. Together, they will develop a strategy that can create a resilient and equitable system, and that can act as an engine to drive the recovery of the sector and prepare for long-term qualitative growth benefiting all interest groups. 

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. 

As part of the Global Covenant of Mayors, a global alliance for city’s climate leadership, the city of Lima has a vision of a green, prosperous, and fair city for everyone. PROMPERÚ, on behalf of the destination, 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?” 

Amora Carbajal, director of tourism promotion at PROMPERÚ, said in a press announcement, “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. 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." 

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