Sustainable Tourism Practices/Sustainability and Tourism
Sustainability and Tourism
What is Sustainability?
Sustainability is a popular yet complex word that is often banded around freely, but what does it actually mean? Here are a few definitions:
"Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (Brundtland, 1987)
Reference: Brundtland, G. H. (1987). Our Common Future. Oxford: Oxford University Press
“Every human has a fundamental right to an environment of quality that permits a life of dignity and well-being” - United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, Stockholm
Sustainability is often perceived as a complex concept to understand and it can be hard for businesses to discover the benefits it offers. In essence, sustainability is about meeting the needs of today, without adversely impacting on the needs of tomorrow. As a term it can be applied across a range of areas, such as the environment, society and the economy. Ministry of Environment
Toitü he whenua, whatungarongaro he tangata. Translation: Land is permanent, man disappears
In general sustainability means the capacity to endure.
What is sustainable tourism? How does it work?
- Definitions of sustainability
- Top 10 Myths about Sustainability,
- The Story of Stuff a short animation, created by Annie Leonard
- Sustainability 101 and introduction
- Ecological footprint
- Sustainable Tourism
- World Tourism Organisation - Sustainable Development
- Workable sustainable tourism?
- Sustainable Tourism - all concepts 54 mins
Climate Changes and Challenges
Sustainability and Governance
Sustainability NZgovt - 3 video series
- housing 8.32m
- travel 6.34m
Definition Group Activity
In groups you will create your own definition of sustainability. Once you have completed this pass your definition onto another group. See if you can add to their definition. Continue until you have seen all of the group definitions. You will be given a time limit for this.
- discuss the definitions - what you liked in particular about some of them
- keywords which were effective and were there any words used which you did not understand or which could have more than one meaning
- can you now come together and combine all the definitions into one
- what is the difference between sustainable, responsible and eco tourism? Is there a difference?
- have you experienced examples of good practice of sustainable tourism when on holiday?