Our team intends to investigate and recount the way tourism can contribute to sustainable development, and whether the measures taken both by governments and by the world of business make sure that tourism goes in the right direction.

Our goal is answering the two-folded crucial question: is it possible to develop tourism through a better management of its ecological and cultural implications, and to which extent public and private decision-makers are concretely acting to tackle this challenge?



Tourism makes an important contribution to economic development. However, the tourism industry needs to grow in a sustainable way, in order to preserve the quality of its destinations while, at the same time, protecting and promoting unique ecosystems and cultures, often endangered by invasive human activities.

Recently, the concept of responsible tourism has brought a set of principles which aim to foster public understanding and respect for both nature and people in all travelling-related activities.

According to these principles, tourism should limit the depletion of natural resources and invest, instead, in the preservation of such resources as key elements for both natural and cultural biodiversity, which, in turn, can bring new added value to all travelling experiences.

Several operators have started to put in place new standards, itineraries and projects which often are based on environmental impact and benefits assessments or allow the participation of local communities.

Clear objectives in regards of responsible tourism have been formally set out by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Tourism Organization.

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