This indicator was replaced following indicator changes from the United Nations 2020 Comprehensive Review.

Non-statistical indicator

This, or part of this, indicator is classified as Tier 3 and therefore no internationally established methodology or standards are yet available, but methodology or standards are being (or will be) developed or tested. Until methodology or standards have been agreed we are reporting/linking to the most relevant sources of information. We have identified the following policies and strategy plans in place on sustainable tourism that are relevant to this indicator -

Strategic Framework for Tourism 2010 – 2020 - Several partners have been recognised in the Framework, which includes National Parks England and England’s National Park Authorities, who are key in the delivery of sustainable economic growth in the visitor economy.

Tourism Sector Deal - Sustainable development plans will form part of proposed Tourism Zones in England.

The Welsh Government Strategy for Tourism 2020 – 2025 - The strategy aims to grow tourism in a sustainable way and to make an increasing contribution to the economic, social and environmental well-being of Wales.

Partnership for Growth - Strategy for Tourism 2013-2020, Strategy Progress Review - Reviews progress meeting the tourism strategy priorities and summarises issues affecting tourism.

Tourism Scotland 2020 - In tandem with shaping a better quality visitor experience, the strategy also seeks to build a more sustainable industry in Scotland.

A Review of the 2020 Strategy Tourism Scotland - The review focuses on four areas - performance review, progress and delivery, collective impact and key learnings.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

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This, or part of this, indicator is awaiting the development of internationally established methodology and standards (classified by the UN as tier 3). Data follows the UN specification for this indicator.

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Metadata last updated 08 October 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Number of sustainable tourism strategies or policies and implemented action plans with agreed monitoring and evaluation tools

Target name

Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier III

UN custodian agency

World Trade Organisation (WHO)

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