The United Nations are about to update their Millennium Development Goals. In this guest post, Asia-Pacific sustainable tourism development expert Steve Noakes explains which of the new Sustainable Development Goals are particularly important in the tourism context. He analyzes the effects of tourism on various cultural and environmental indicators such as Tourism & Conflicts, Tourism & Peace, and Tourism & Climate Changes in Small Island Development (SIDS). He concludes that sustainable tourism can – and, in fact must – contribute to each of the 17 new SDGs.
Travelling has become (comparatively) cheap and convenient, not least thanks to the hard work of destination marketing organisations (DMO) eager to lure more and more of us into their destination’s hotels and on their tours. In the video, Doug – a travel writer, tourism industry advisor, and author of the thought-provoking new visual book TRAVEL: The Guide – takes us on a journey to find the Holy Grail of tourism: sustainable, profitable, and authentic travel.
The TripAdvisor Green Leaders scheme has stirred its fair share of controversy over the last weeks, fuelled by its nomination for aWTTC Tourism for Tomorrow award. In this guest post, hotel sustainability consultant Benjamin Lephilibert reflects on the use and usefulness of online peer reviews as indicators for environmental best practices. Online peer reviews have emerged over the past 5 years as a key indicator of hotels’ (perceived) level of service quality and guest satisfaction. But, are they equally as valuable when it comes to sustainability?