HABITAT is an event that occurs every 20 years and it was an honor for us to hosts its third edition in our country. This new urban agenda will definitely guide the way we live the experience of developing sustainable cities. We consider important to find strategies that boost the economic sector, but also that create social and cultural conservation through values that are worth sharing. Ecuador was the meeting point for one of the most important sustainable events worldwide, also known as HABITAT III. Delegates and heads of state from 134 countries, including the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, got together from the 17th to the 20th October to discuss the new urban agenda, with the aim to guide to 193 countries towards sustainable practices for urban development.
Diverse activities were prepared in Quito for national and international visitors. One of the projects that attracted most of the attention from all visitors was the famous Festival of Lights, a concept brought to Ecuador from France. Quito’s historic center, the first Cultural Heritage of Humanity in the world, was filled with colors and music for five consecutive nights. Thousands of people, including tourists from all around the world, had the opportunity to see Quito’s famous churches illumined with a spectacular light show. For Ecuador, and especially for its capital, this was a great opportunity to show its touristic potential.
Within the conference many topics were discussed such as security, environment, equity, participation, development, justice, among others. The cultural tourism is a topic that particularly relates to the philosophy of Advantage Travel, and we believe advances on this topic will help everybody who is interested in sharing cultural experiences worldwide.
With our tours and services, we always try to give our guests a unique experience that will connect them with a different lifestyle. This is exactly the purpose of cultural tourism, by motivating people to travel and discover new cultures so they can exchange experiences with the rest of the world. Tourism is growing in an exponential way and these types of events benefit the host country and their population at many levels. During the conference, the Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon affirmed that “cultural tourism is an important tool to preserve a society’s heritage and to get to know its diversity, values, resources, and capacities”.
We always shared this purpose in our Amazon trips aboard the Anakonda and the Manatee, where we linked people from different countries to the local communities and their environment. These activities are not only pleasurable, but they have been life changing for many people. This is why we invite you to live an inclusive adventure with us, and discover the true meaning of traveling.