Published on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

World tourism on environmental precipice

We all know that tourism is on a precipice. OK, we play up the positives - usually numbers getting ever bigger - but actually we know in our guts that it can't go on like this.
Too much tourism related emissions, too many top destinations drowned by tourists, too much of tourism revenue being syphoned off by the OTAs, too many tourism-related terror outrages and natural disasters. Sooner or later the carousel is going to have to dramatically change or stop.
And that will affect all of us.
Whether you work as a DMC, for an OTA, at a DMO, travel marketing company, cruise company, airline, hotel, as a tourism teacher or student, whether you are a travel writer or blogger, if your career depends on tourism - tourism in crisis is going to affect you.
You will need to make decisions and this should be based on the best information you can get - not salesy stuff but quality, unbiased information.
When the first Sustainable Tourism Report was produced some 17 years ago, many thought that it was just about the environment but sustainability means how we go forward - economically, culturally, socially and, yes, environmentally too. 
In past reports we have highlighted many issues that have come to the fore and now there are many more.
Sustainable Tourism 2020, by TravelMole's Vision editor Valere Tjolle, deals with some hard issues that will affect us all. Readers will learn about the New Silk Road weaponizing tourism all the way from China to London; mass tourism as a symptom of global addictions; how global security will play out in our dangerous world; how the airlines will pay for their emissions; how the experience economy is replacing tourism; how travel agents will come to the fore and one massive financial opportunity for everybody that could radically change our world for the better."

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