In order to see real growth in sustainable tourism, we must at times view it with a critical eye. In this interview, Richard Butler, Professor Emeritus of Tourism at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, looks critically at the realities of sustainability in the tourism industry and of tourism education.
This expert interview with Palitha Gurusinghe of the Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation (SLEF) gives us a glimpse into the current state of ecotourism in Sri Lanka, its triumphs and challenges. Mr Gurusinghe explains SLEF’s mission and vision, and how the organization works tirelessly to ensure the development and promotion of sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka. We will also learn about the importance of tourism in fighting rural abandonment and how sustainable tourism, both in Sri Lanka and worldwide, is dependent on the education of current and future stakeholders for it’s continued survival and prosperity.
In this interview, Agha Iqrar Haroon, popularly known as Ekrar, shares his insights on tourism development in Pakistan and Asia. Ekrar shares his experience with various initiatives and organizations he has founded to support sustainable tourism development. He is internationally known for forming The Region Initiative (TRI) in 2009, connecting South Asia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.
In this interview, we hear from Alan Wong, Lecturer at The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Drawing from his research and knowledge, Dr Wong shares his thoughts on visitor and attraction management, and the development of tourism in Hong Kong and the Perl River Delta.
In this interview, we hear from Sheikh Hd. Monzurul Huq, Professor at the Department of Geography and Environment at Jahangirnagar University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Drawing from his academic tourism background, Monzur shares his thoughts on the current state of sustainable tourism research and practice in Asia, the main sustainability challenges in tourism development, and the opportunities.