The Fabrica Nacional Moneda y Timbre–Real Casa de la Moneda will issue, on the 24th July, a new silver coin with colour accenting that seeks to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism. The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This new initiative seeks to further the development among public- and private-sector decision-makers and the public at large, while mobilising all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change.
Spain in particular is a very desirable destination for literally millions of tourists who are attracted to the cultural and historical aspects of Spanish life. These tourists eagerly look to explore Spanish heritage and to experience Spain’s extraordinary and varied natural beauty as well as the extraordinary architecture that cities such as Madrid, Seville, and most especially Barcelona can offer. But with the many millions of tourists who visit these Spanish attractions comes an enormous carbon footprint: airplane and automobile travel, hotel accommodation, additional energy use, greater numbers of people using public amenities such as public transport, and the additional numbers of visitors to museums and landmark attractions.
As air and rail travel becomes more popular and less costly, the need to put into place a sustainable and workable balance of supply and demand—even with tourism—is becoming more vital. At the same time, those who work in this lucrative industry must also realise the financial benefit of visitors to those countries and communities who rely heavily on tourism. The need to preserve both the urban and rural regions has never been greater than now. Visitors to Spain vary from those who gravitate to the urban and metropolitan cities, such as Madrid and Barcelona (two favourite destinations), and those who flock to the extraordinary beaches and coastal communities such as the Costa del Sol, Marbella, Ibiza, and the Canary Islands—in some cases the number of visitors can easily outnumber the local population. Spain also is home to the mountainous region of the Pyrenees, which separates Spain and France and also includes the small principality of Andorra. This part of Spain is green and lush, attracting those more adventurous tourists wishing to experience the best of an outdoors adventure.
The five specific areas in which the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development seeks to highlight international initiatives concerning responsible world travel are:
- Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
- Social inclusiveness, employment, and poverty reduction
- Resource efficiency, environmental protection, and climate change
- Cultural values, diversity, and heritage
- Mutual understanding, peace, and security
The reverse of the new silver coin includes the new logo of the International Year, which is reproduced in colour. The logo represents the inhabitants of planet Earth as the seeds of a common dandelion moving around the world in a sustainable, clean, and responsible way.
The obverse includes the official effigy of HM King Felipe VI which has been used on all commemorative and collector coins since 2014.
|€10||.999 silver||27 g||40 mm||Proof with applied colour||7,500|
The coin is available from the 24th July and presented in a custom blue branded Real Casa le la Moneda box with certificate of authenticity. Please visit the website of the FNMT–Real Casa de la Moneda for more information on this and other coins on offer. For information about the UN’s designated International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, please visit their website. ❑