The 2016 National Geographic World Legacy Awards were one of the undisputed highlights of ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel fair and tourism convention. We had the pleasure to get to know some of the award winners during ITB Berlin, a convention more than ever committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible travel business and experiences. Here is a brief summary of the sustainable tourism highlights and award winners…
As Mark Twain said, “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” While the 2016 TIES Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) took place a while ago, the impacts of the important synergies and connections continue to grow and spread, like a ripple effect. To explore this further, Deby Stabler takes us on a virtual trip around North America – from Canada all the way to Mexico – to explore how conferences shape our journey.
Last month, we were invited to attend the International Sustainable Tourism Summit organized by the Instituto de Turismo Responsable (ITR), the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the Basque Tourism Authority (Basquetour), held in the region’s capital city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. The event attracted over 200 inspiring (and aspiring) local sustainable tourism professionals, and many other experts from worldwide leading organizations. The official conference highlight was the signing of the Sustainable Tourism Charter, a declaration of intent by the conference attendees to promote a more sustainable and responsible tourism.
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.