Case Studies

Sustainable Tourism

"Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities" UNWTO – the World Tourism Organisation

Here you will find research and insights into climate change, sustainable tourism and reaching net zero.

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UNWTO & Sustainable Tourism Development

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation sets out a clear definition of sustainable tourism development linked to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

On the UNWTO Tourism website you will find clear outlines of actions they are taking and urging everyone involved in tourism to adopt:

Thus, sustainable tourism should:

  1. Make optimal use of environmental resources that constitute a key element in tourism development, maintaining essential ecological processes and helping to conserve natural heritage and biodiversity.
  2. Respect the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities, conserve their built and living cultural heritage and traditional values, and contribute to inter-cultural understanding and tolerance.
  3. Ensure viable, long-term economic operations, providing socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders that are fairly distributed, including stable employment and income-earning opportunities and social services to host communities, and contributing to poverty alleviation.

Sustainable tourism development requires the informed participation of all relevant stakeholders, as well as strong political leadership to ensure wide participation and consensus building. Achieving sustainable tourism is a continuous process and it requires constant monitoring of impacts, introducing the necessary preventive and/or corrective measures whenever necessary.

Sustainable tourism should also maintain a high level of tourist satisfaction and ensure a meaningful experience to the tourists, raising their awareness about sustainability issues and promoting sustainable tourism practices amongst them.”

Reference: Making Tourism More Sustainable - A Guide for Policy Makers, UNEP and UNWTO, 2005, p.11-12

Responsible Tourism

The national strategy Scotland Outlook 2030 makes direct reference to the importance of responsible tourism and VisitScotland now have a dedicated area on their website with useful resources

Here you will find research and insights and learn more about how visitors feel about climate change and attitudes towards more sustainable travel.  You can also discover how businesses are looking at reaching net zero.

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