Tourism ministers from 18 APEC member states met on 9-10th April 2008 in order to further a â€œcommitment towards responsible tourism in the Asia Pacific regionâ€ and adopted the Pachacamac Declaration. The Declaration acknowledged tourism as an important service sector, providing income and employment to numerous people in the member states. The Declaration emphasized cooperation between the Tourism Working Group (TWG) members, awareness of tourism, and the economic role of tourism as key objectives. The group also agreed to bring corporate responsibility, environment responsibility, climate change and indigenous tourism within the sphere of â€˜responsible tourismâ€™. For the complete text of the Pachacamac Declaration, click here.