Communities and countries need ways to manage tourism wisely. These links may provide practical stewardship- and tourism-related assistance for governments, NGOs, entrepreneurs, lodging managers, economic development workers, tour operators, etc.. Below you’ll find sections on:
- General Tourism Management
- Recreational Tourism
- Coastal Tourism
- Coping with Cruise Ships
Separate subdirectories list these resources:
- Environment & Ecotourism How-To
- Culture and Heritage How-To—Arts, gastronomy and agritourism, indigenous; history and archaeology tourism, architecture, social impacts.
- Gastronomy and agritourism—How to enhance the relationship between tourism and the distinctive food, drink, and agricultural products of the locale.
- Voluntourism How-To—Resources and mistakes to avoid.
- Indigenous tourism—How-to for native peoples.
General Tourism Management
Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) CAST is a subsidiary of the Caribbean Hotel Association, with members from private, government, scientific, and conservation organizations. It helps Caribbean travel businesses manage environmental resources in a sustainable way. The site lists programs, publications, and assistance available through CAST. The Island Resources Foundation runs an online discussion group for CAST. Public archive.
Destination Marketing Association International provides help for destination management organizations (DMOs), most notably via the DestinatonNEXT program for a more holistic approach to tourism management and development. Note especially the Book of Best Practices.
Sustainable Travel International Under CEO Geoff Bolan, this nonprofit seeks to “chart a new course for travel and tourism — one that leads to a healthier environment, greater economic opportunity, social justice and the protection of natural and cultural resources.”
TotemTourism Valere Tjolle’s U.K.-based collaborative website provides extensive marketing and information on sustainable tourism and green travel, including an annual marketing guide.
The Tourism Society U.K. networking membership organization that provides and searchable database of consultants.
Tourism Watch Established by the German Protestant Church, this nonprofit offers training programs and solidarity initiatives pertaining to “Third World” tourism. Quarterly magazines, seminars, research, and reports (German and English).
Travel Mole Travel industry news with a section on sustainable travel. Free access, short registration form.
World Hotel Link Group These companies empower local partners who have practice in experiential and mindful travel, and a local’s knack for identifying, explaining and sustaining the distinctive qualities of a place.
Help with Recreational Tourism
Sustainable Golf Courses.(pdf) Jeff Brewster, Total Golf Construction. Design and creation of courses that meet sustainability standards; sustainability certification by Golf Course Builders Association of America.
Help with Coastal Tourism
Sustainable Coasts: The Geotourism Approach. (pdf) Jonathan Tourtellot. How tourism locations can ensure that they have a distinct local feel, and how to use geotourism principles to keep a destination’s marketing position unique.
Marinas: Social Sustainability. (pdf) Esteban Biondi, Applied Technology & Management Marina planning so as to align guest experiences with social sustainability. Case studies in Puerto Los Cabos (Mexico), Puerto Limon (Costa Rica), Zighy Bay (Oman), and more.
Coping with Cruise Ships
Harboring Tourism (pdf) —Detailed report stemming from a Charleston, SC conference sponsored by the World Monuments Fund that raises issues on cruise impacts in heritage port towns.
Cruise Tourism’s Economic Impact in the Caribbean. (pdf) Fritz Pinnock, Caribbean Maritime Institute. Economic figures document and challenge assumptions about economic benefits of cruise tourism; challenges to heritage port communities.
International Centre for Cruise Research Sponsored by cruise gadfly Ross Klein. A source of information and publications that are not promoted or sponsored by the cruise industry.
Royal Caribbean Framework for Sustainable Tourism. (pdf) Miguel Pena, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., makes RCL’s case for its sustainability standards in regards to shore excursions, destination sustainability, and private destinations.
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About Jonathan Tourtellot
CEO, Destination Stewardship Center; Editor, Destination Stewardship Report; Principal, Focus on Places LLC; founding Director, former Nat Geo Center for Sustainable Destinations