We are all aware of the impact of tourism and the environmental, economic and social emergencies we face. As a destination, it is up to us to address these issues and support change.
An engaged Metropolitan area
Greater Lyon was the first French city to formulate a development plan for sustainable tourism, stating its areas of action to make Lyon a leading destination for environmentally sustainable tourism. Aimed at building the tourism of tomorrow, it is based on collaborative work carried out since 2020 with industry stakeholders, in order to increase capacity and improve the welcome offered to visitors. This aim breaks down into four main areas: building a resilient and balanced destination; supporting tourism jobs in the metropolitan area; speeding up the transformation of practices for more environmentally virtuous tourism; guaranteeing tourism that is inclusive, participative and respectful.
“Alone we go faster; together we go further”
Based on its work to develop sustainable tourism over the years, and building on this plan and efforts made to help Lyon reach 7th position in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index), ONLYLYON Tourism has published a Manifesto putting forward its internal and destination-wide commitments to CSR.
Given its work to pursue a CSR policy and an Environmental Certification approach since 2019, the Tourist Office has a responsibility to lead by example! This is why it has recently achieved ISO20121 certification and is currently pursuing CSR certification. It has also published its own Charter of Commitments to reduce the footprint of the events it plans.
The Manifesto also sets out priority challenges to achieve more sustainable tourism in Lyon, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and through an ambitious long-term strategy that includes 55 concrete actions. Involving all tourism stakeholders in Lyon, it is aimed at making Lyon a sustainable tourism leader, while positively impacting tourism professionals, visitors and residents, and maintaining a reasonable balance between local tourism, leisure tourism and business tourism.