Sustainable Destination Development
21st Century tourism management challenges at a destination level are almost overwhelming. Navigating sustainable growth while protecting the cherished resources that communities and travelers depend upon is increasingly vital in this day and age. Destinations that put sustainability at the forefront of their master planning are already beginning to prosper, while those that don’t will find it increasingly difficult to thrive. Through years of international leadership and experience, services includes assessing and developing regional and national sustainable tourism standards, policy and planning, as well as product and development, capacity building and market access globally. Related projects include:
Destination Eco-Standards Assessment & Development : Assessed and developed sustainable tourism and quality assurance standards, policies and plans at a regional level, from urban destinations to core tourism dependant countries. Examples include Portland, Belize, Ireland and Montenegro.
Destination Planning & Quality Assurance Development: Supported the development of regional and countrywide sustainable tourism plans, including national guidelines for quality assurance standards, marketing and industry relations and overall destination planning. E.g. Belize Tourism Board 2010-2012 Action Plan related to its Sustainable Tourism Masterplan.
Conservation & Community Development: Providing on the ground sustainable community development and natural resource management support, including coordinating and assessing stakeholder activity, local level political & socio-economic institutional structures, land use, human-nature relationships and local ecology; Through a carefully managed process working from within, helping to develop viable economic activities and build capacity related to rural tourism development and conservation, as well as product development, market access and training.
Product Development: Global tourism product development, particularly geared toward connecting travelers with people and place, including active, rural, cultural, eco and adventure travel.
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