Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet challenges readers to consider new skills, tools, and investments required to protect irreplaceable global resources from the impacts of escalating tourism demand in the next 50 years. This volume recommends that decision makers assess the current and future value of natural, social and cultural capital to guide investment in destinations and secure vital resources. Innovative approaches are proposed to support the transition to green infrastructure, protect incomparable landscapes, and engage local people in the monitoring of vital indicators to protect local resources.
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This book will give you a comprehensive and deep understanding of all the multiple actors in the international tourism industry and their environmental impacts and challenges, along with economic, political, and cultural dimensions. The comprehensive analyses of each segment of the industry - tour operators, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and the emerging online tourism entrants - lay out quantitatively and qualitatively the business models, competitive dynamics, policy, and environmental aspects. A comprehensive, penetrating, and highly readable analysis of the challenges and possible solutions for achieving environmental sustainability. Read this and become instantly knowledgeable - James E. Austin, Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, Co-Founder, Social Enterprise Initiative, Harvard Business School
Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet is both comprehensive and provocative. A must-read for anyone interested in the present and future state of travel and tourism in the face of global climate change, poverty, and ecosystem degradation. Grounded in decades of leadership and experience, Epler Wood methodically presents the comprehensive social, environmental, and financial impacts of what has become one of the most important economic engines of the global economy and introduces new business models and approaches to move us beyond overconsumption of limited tourism assets - Mark B. Milstein, Ph.D., Director, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
Epler Wood's book carefully documents why travel and tourism plays a critical role in preserving natural and social capital and its seminal importance to human health, well-being, and compassion in this multicultural world. With equal emphasis, it outlines the importance of replicable measurements of the industry's cumulative impacts, with in-depth analysis of each sector's major industrial sectors - hotels, tour operators, cruise lines, airlines, and airports. Read this book to learn how to approach this global industry - John D. Spengler, Ph.D., Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
How will we protect destinations with projected global population growth and an increase in the demand for travel? Epler Wood lays out an integrated vision for sustainable tourism that effectively addresses the relationship between traveler consumption patterns and their impact on natural resources. For corporate social responsibility and tourism destination managers alike, this book offers indispensable real-world case studies and provides a vision for a pragmatic way forward - Seleni Matus, Executive Director, International Institute of Tourism Studies, The George Washington University