Tourism is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world economy (10 % GDP) and represents one of the main income sources for many developing countries. The UN has declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development to help develop this vital economic sector under the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This session will explore opportunities and experiences from science centre/museum and aquarium professionals with leading experts from ecotourism and edutourism, reflecting five key points of the UN’s SDGs. (1) Inclusive and sustainable economic growth. (2) Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction. (3) Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change. (4) Cultural values, diversity and heritage. (5) Mutual understanding, peace and security. This is a unique opportunity to learn how our field can become leaders and partners along with key stakeholders in our communities to make centres catalysts for positive change through sustainable eco and edutourism.