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Sustainable tourism development is a multi-stakeholder effort. A wide range of organisations are needed to contribute on local, regional, national, sub-global and global levels. Through knowledge sharing and collaboration they can pool knowledge, avoid duplication of effort or re-inventing the wheel, and find innovative solutions to individual and collective challenges, whilst increasing market opportunities or resolving environmental and social problems. 

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Who is making tourism more sustainable? The role of Tourism Stakeholders

Governments & administrations

Good governance and effective policies

The complexity and global challenges of making tourism more sustainable requires administrations and governmental bodies at all levels to facilitate multi-stakeholder efforts. Government departments can follow the principles of good governance, looking to be fully aware of vertical and horizontal coherence and effectiveness of policy making and resource distribution.

NGOs, partnerships & networks

In dialogue with businesses and governments

The complexity and global challenges of making tourism more sustainable requires a multi-stakeholder effort. We are all required to work in consideration of multi-stakeholder interests. Dialogue and joint initiatives are the way for this to occur, and therefore partnerships and networks are a necessary part of turning multi-stakeholder dialogue into action. Civil Society has a structured dialogue with business and government within the main UN Process, and this pattern can be found at all administrative levels.

Research, education & training bodies

Raising know-how and competences

The complexity and global challenges of making tourism more sustainable requires permanent transfer of knowledge and experiences from from theory to practice, from research to marktet place. Research institutes, universities, schools, training institutes and consultancies create knowledge, transfer experiences and help to understand and to make decisions for policies, investment and marketing.

Destinations

Managing, monitoring and marketing the green tourism offer

Destinations can be of any scale - from a country to a small resort. They are developed and managed by a range of government, business and not-for-profit organisations – planning, investing, constructing, providing amenities and services, and also promoting and marketing themselves to attract business to their regions and SME supply chains, and care for the well being of local residents. Global challenges that bring economic, environmental and social impacts and opportunities are visible at the destination level, just as destinations, no matter how small, can draw on and contribute to the global knowledge base, then feed into the global market place.

 Businesses

Competitiveness and innovation for greening the supply chain

As a group of tourism stakeholders, businesses are central stakeholders in the move to a green and sustainable economy. There is a business case for sustainable tourism in which it can be shown that sustainable management of businesses improves its triple bottom line success - competitive economic performance, with sound environmental management and positive socio-cultural impact. Businesses can also contribute to implementing sustainable development by greening their supply chains, greening ther management systems, products and services, and contributing to overall sustainable destination development.

 Individuals, citizen & travelers

The power of the individuals

The complexity and global challenges of making tourism more sustainable requires a multi-stakeholder effort. We are all required to work in consideration of multi-stakeholder interests. As individual experts, citizen and travellers we can contribute in many ways to sustainable tourism development.


 

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