Category: Doing It Better Series

Doing It Better: Big Bay, Michigan

Take a look at how a low-population, outdoorsy locale – Big Bay, Michigan, USA – goes about convening a destination stewardship council after the extractive industries it once depended on have wound down.

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Destination Stewardship Report
Tiffany Chan

Doing It Better: Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

On a long, skinny Icelandic peninsula, five small municipalities have teamed up to create a modest destination stewardship council and supporting network. Tiffany Chan explores the Snæfellsnes model of sustainable collaboration – a work in progress that has already earned a platinum sustainability rating. The eighth in our series on destination stewardship councils.

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Doing It Better: The Pennsylvania Wilds

[Above: Sinnemahoning State Park, Pennsylvania Wilds. Photo: Jonathan Tourtellot] It’s a destination described by one expert as having “one of the greatest, rural, natural resource-based economic development programs in the U.S.” The remarkable Pennsylvania Wilds joins our ongoing “Doing It Better” series on places with a holistic approach to destination

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Destination Stewardship Report
Jonathan Tourtellot

Spring 2021 Destination Stewardship Report Just Out

On 14 April 2021 we were pleased to send out the Spring (2Q) edition of the Destination Stewardship Report, completing its first year of online publication as a joint project with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Here’s a description of the 9 stories in this issue..

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Doing It Better: Sedona, Arizona

Prompted by a restive citizenry and a responsive city council, the DMO for the city of Sedona, in Arizona’s popular Red Rock country, now acts in effect as a destination stewardship council. That’s unusual. For part of our ongoing project to profile places with effective, holistic management, Sarah-Jane Johnson takes a deep dive into Sedona’s story. This is the sixth in the Destination Stewardship Center’s profiles of exemplary places with collaborative destination management in the spirit of GSTC’s Destination Criterion A1.

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Doing It Better: ≠Khoadi-//Hôas, Namibia

Namibia’s award-winning ≠Khoadi-//Hôas conservancy has often been cited as a success story in both conservation and community benefit. Destination Stewardship Report editor Jonathan Tourtellot takes a tourist-eye view of this community-run destination – part of our ongoing project to profile places with an effective method for holistic management in the

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Doing It Better: Crown of the Continent

This border-straddling North American destination council relies on three strengths – a robust local network, core sustainability principles, and a global brand affiliation. See the third of our profiles on destinations with innovative approaches to holistic management as prescribed by GSTC-D Criterion A1 and the National Geographic Geotourism Principles.

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Doing It Better: Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico

Herewith the second of our profiles of destination organizations that at least partially meet the GSTC-D criterion for holistic destination management. In this post: Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico, which is adopting a multisector, high-tech “Intelligent Destination” approach.

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Doing It Better: Thompson Okanagan, B.C.

We offer the first of our profiles of destination organizations that at least partially meet GSTC destination criterion A2 for holistic destination management. In this post: the Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association, B.C., which has burst out of the usual DMO mold to embrace sustainability and extensive community involvement.

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