SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IS POSSIBLE international ideas for Guanajuato, Mexico
"Sustainable Tourism is Possible" is an initiative contributing to the Sustainable Tourism Program of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), within the wider 10 Year Framework of Programme, Global Action for Sustainable Consumption and Production, of the United Nations (UN). The purpose of this contest is to promote multidisciplinary works to generate ideas that endorse the development of sustainable tourism practices in three areas of the state of Guanajuato, Mexico.
This competition wants to obtain international ideas proposed by students and profesionals (architects, designers, engineers, business planners and others) for the future of 5 areas of the Mexican State of Guanajuato. We are looking for local solution, but with an innovative and global vision about this strong topic of the Sustainable Tourism for Development. The United Nations have declared the 2017 the year of the Sustainable Tourism for Developmen and the UN agency UNWTO (United Nation World Tourism Organization) is participating to the 10 YFP with the Sustainable Tourism Programe. But why all this importance to the topic of tourism? The sector of the Tourism is becoming more and more a driving force for the whole iety and the environment. Refering just to the field of hospitality as sector involved with the tourism is an old and limited vision of this phenomenon. If is not controlled, tourism can ruin the territory and the society. But, if it is designed, it can bring to life the territory and the society. But what does it mean design the tourism today? Which forces should be involved in a good design? We require that all the projects give solutions thinking to this new features that the Tourism propose in the contemporary global society. The best projects will be those that will consider the new risks and the new potentiality of the tourism, giving the best solutions in terms of environmental, social and economical sustainability. A SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IS POSSIBLE – international design competition (June - October 2017) www.sustainabletourism.space This competition had the goal to obtain international ideas proposed by students and professionals (architects, designers, engineers, business planners and others) for the future of 3 areas of the Mexican State of Guanajuato. EXHIBITION OF THE BEST PROJECTS (17-24 November 2017) We realized a first exhibition of the projects, “A sustainable tourism is possible. International ideas for Guanajuato, Mexico” with award ceremony at the campus of Tecnologico de Monterrey, during the International Baloon Festival, the main touristic event of the State. 8th NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF TOURISTC OBSERVATORIES (18-20 October 2017) One of the context of the competition was related with indicators to measure the impact of the touristic activities on the environment. For this reason, we participated to this event organized by the Government of Guanajuato and the World Tourism Organization, to present the projects related to this contest. COLLATERAL EVENT UABB – BIENAL OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM OF SHENZHEN (16 December 2017-28 January 2018) http://szhkbiennale.org/En/default.aspx “Designing Sustainable Tourism” has been the exhibition selected by the jury of the UABB to be one of the 12 collateral events of the Bienal of Architecture and Urbanism of Shenzhen. We organized this exhibition with the partners of the competitions (UNWTO, SECTUR and ChinaLab). ROUND TABLES (16 December 2017 7 February 2018) Within these projects of Sustainable Tourism promotion, we organized two round table to speak about the topic with local experts and policies makers: “Designing Sustainable Tourism” and “Ways for the Sustainable Tourism in Guanajuato: from communities to social innovation” We were looking for local solution, but with an innovative and global vision about this strong topic of the Sustainable Tourism for Development. We received proposals from 111 participants from 12 different countries. An international jury, composed by experts from MIT, Kentucky university, Tongji University, ARUP (among the others) has awarded three joint winners and several honourable mentions. The best projects have been exposed to these following exhibitions. We organized several collateral events in Mexico, from exhibitions to round tables and meetings.
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