Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Why are cities often ignored when promoting sustainable tourism?

I have often wondered why responsible / sustainable tourism products tend not to be in cities. Surely sustainability in tourism should be as important in cities as in rural areas? Responsible Tourism in Cities will be on the agenda for the first time at the premier South African tourism marketing event Indaba in Durban as a 1-day conference on 6 May 2011 and show-cased in a pavilion for several days with a networking event on 8 May 2011.

Hoping that this will kick-start more awareness of responsibility and sustainability in city tourism, among the many questions to be discussed:

  • What are tourism and sustainability issues unique to cities?

  • Who are the key stakeholders involved in establishing, developing and maintaining responsible tourism in cities?

  • How do 'quality of life' measures for residents correlate with 'best destination' measures for visitors?

Guest-blogger, Gerhard

(Photo: planeta.com)


Manoj Kumar Ver 2.0 beta said...

great article and good questions!! Maybe cities are not really the places people first think about with regards to sus. tourism..
Hey i am student doing a survey which will improve marketing sus. tourism destinations and products. http://su.pr/2ssTDr
Can you please share the same. Thanks a ton!! email me and i will send you a copy of the results when i am done!!

Ron Mader said...

Today's the big day! Look forward to seeing everyone at the event or reading your tweeted comments and questions.