Sustainable Destinations

Examples and discussions review the challenges and opportunities for more sustainable destinations. These include case examples of tourism trails, the value of cultural heritage, sustainable tourism destination indicators and other factors effecting the long term destination attractiveness and community value.

Out of Africa...reflections of UNWTO Symposium 2017

Exceptional wildlife experiences in Botswana

Presenting at the UNWTO International Symposium on Innovation in Sustainable Tourism (Botswana, December 2017) spotlighted for me why Africa has so many examples of world-leading responsible tourism firms. Africa’s reflective qualities and approach to prosper in harmony with nature and communities was clear from the beginning of the event;  “who benefits from sustainability…..why are we saving the planet?

‘Gold Rush’ tourism – the exploitation of land and people

Are we exploiting destinations for short term gain?

The enormous growth in tourism, which we are all now too familiar hearing of (leading to overtourism, depletion of natural resources and pollution), could be accelerating out of control (Peeteers, 2017). Can we draw on history and culture to manage it? Attending and speaking at the fascinating Chinese Dream Conference held by Griffith Institute For Tourism, I heard the facts and figures of Chinese outbound growth. These were similar to presentations I listened to at WTM in London and in Dubai.

The Push of Climate Change action and the pull of economic growth: What could sustainable tourism be like in Morocco

Heritage sights have beautiful artwork

As a country with 100 million annual beach visitors, nine delicate UNESCO world heritage sites and aspirations to double tourism, Morocco faces sustainable tourism challenges. These include rising seas levels, extreme weather events and a desire to improve the quality of life for its lower income population.

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