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Can tourism coexist with a fragile planet?
December 6 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm$20
Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation of the World’s largest industry
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Tourism is now the world’s largest industry with more than 1.3 billion international arrivals in 2017. It employs more people than any other sector, constitutes the principal source of foreign exchange for more than 40 of the world’s countries, and is the largest mass migration in human history – every year. It is growing at a rate reaching 10% per annum. The collective footprint is immense and focused on special places with natural and cultural assets. The industry is a massive consumer of resources including fossil fuels, and it targets specifically many of the world’s most of fragile environments. Nearly 80% of its infrastructure is located in the coastal zone and is vulnerable to any changes in storms sea level and temperature and rainfall regimes. In this presentation the overall impact of the tourism sector and of efforts to defuse its worst impacts and enhance any positive contributions it can make to global ecological preservation are addressed. In many respects the tourism industry, while a contributor to global warming, is one of the sectors most vulnerable to climate change. As a result, the industry is often responsive to potential climate change. Most of its actions are focused on mitigation and on risk management for its own assets. In many instances the industry has also shown leadership in protection of key ecological assets and fragile cultural communities.
This presentation examines the state of the global tourism sector and how ideally it can be a positive contributor to solutions to global environmental economic and social issues.
Ted Manning. Dr. Manning is a geographer, a full member of the Club of Rome and a former Chair of CACOR. For over twenty years he has been principal consultant to the UN World Tourism Organization, UNEP and the World Wildlife Fund on sustainable tourism. He is lead author of the UN Guidebook, Indicators of Sustainable Development for Tourism Destinations as well as several books on articles on sustainable development and community planning. This year he completed a study on Carrying Capacity for Tourism for San Miguel de Allende Mexico, on risk reduction for overtourism for Zhangjiajie China and worked in October with Ecuador on the establishment of an Observatory for a Sustainable Tourism region in the coastal province of Manabi.