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27 09, 2020

Why local communities are important to the future of Japan’s ailing tourism industry (The Japan Times)

2020-09-30T09:06:22+08:00September 27th, 2020|

The pandemic has accelerated these trends. Prior to 2020, the government had already poured trillions of yen into promoting lesser-visited parts of Japan as tourist destinations. Although sustainability rarely factored into official tourism strategy within Japan, the effects of the climate crisis and overtourism appear to have finally made some impact. Government white papers [...]

27 09, 2020

COVID-19 put a halt to over-tourism. Can we plan a sustainable reset? (The Globe and Mail)

2020-09-27T11:45:10+08:00September 27th, 2020|

Because so many organizations and destinations are coming at this from different starting points, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council - GSTC has established a baseline standard for more responsible tourism practices, offering criteria that help consumers find reputable destinations and companies. It also helps both government and private-sector organizations develop sustainable tourism requirements for destinations, [...]

30 04, 2020

New Calm Created by Coronavirus Offers Southeast Asia Chance to Redo Sustainable Tourism (Skift)

2020-05-31T17:31:46+08:00April 30th, 2020|

“The coronavirus crisis definitely gives Southeast Asia a chance, but will governments and businesses take it?” GSTC General Manager Roi Ariel questioned. But Ariel is seeing a glimmer of hope among destination marketing organizations, which, unlike the private sector, are less threatened by dwindling cashflow amid the coronavirus crunch and are more likely able to [...]

29 04, 2020

7 Ways Travel MUST Change After Coronavirus (Fodor’s Travel)

2020-05-31T17:32:37+08:00April 29th, 2020|

A big part of resetting the tourism industry, says Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, is the improvement of public policy and destination management, beginning with the capacity of governments to guide tourism development. “There needs to be a dramatic shift from spending mostly or entirely on promotion to significant spending [...]

23 04, 2020