The growing demand for the sustainable development of tourism has everybody talking. Academics, government bodies, business owners, employees, locals, influencers, and travelers all have a say in this matter. It is discussed so frequently now, that the definition of sustainable tourism sometimes gets clouded in the din.
We asked our panel of sustainable tourism specialists, which we convene around four times per year. Below are some of the common themes in what they had to say about sustainable tourism.
Our key takeaways:
- Sustainable tourism is meant for the long-term or specifically ad infinitum so that the future generations too can benefit from it.
- Tourism needs to be controlled or contained so that it does not extract more from the destination than it can contribute.
- Sustainable tourism should not be human-centric but care for the biodiversity of the planet too.
- Natural resources: the tourism industry should run on a limited capacity and not be over-exploitative.
- Sustainable tourism should make a positive impact by improving the livelihoods of the local communities.
- Employing locals in tourism businesses is key. Providing them with financial security is important, especially during times like the pandemic-induced travel downturn.
- Sustainable tourism is financially viable, and profitable for the stakeholders involved.
- It helps travelers to get a richer understanding of the local culture through valuable cultural exchange.
This is an excerpt from an article originally published by Sustainability Leaders Project.