Human interaction is a central element in tourism. Every day, hour and minute billions of encounters take place between people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Tourism facilitates an important meeting ground that can foster multicultural and inter-faith tolerance and understanding. The intangible, yet extremely important impact of these daily exchanges can help lay the foundation for more peaceful, open and inclusive societies as stated by SDG 16.
To take it a step further, tourism can play a very empowering role in post-conflict societies. As tourism benefits and engages local communities, it can help to build trust, fuel new collaborations and as a result, consolidate peace.
Practical ways in which tourism businesses can promote peaceful and inclusive societies are the awareness of human rights, by implementing a policy to respect and promote diversity, halt corruption, local recruitment and the support of local entrepreneurs through responsible investment and local purchasing. As with all new initiatives, it’s always important to involve host communities and invest in good relationship with travellers by providing information and guidance on how to behave and interact in the destination they visit.