Sustainable Tourism Development

Certainly tourism is one of the world’s largest income and employment generating industries. For underdeveloped and developing countries it can be more useful as after initial investment, revenue comes very long days. From my real life experience I would like to say sustainable tourism is one kind of tourism that is concerned with environment and its existence.

Thailand, my home country and also popular as tourist destination, is expanding rapidly in tourism but threats toward natural and other resources (e.g. sea, hills, socio-cultural heritage)  are not being considered very carefully. It makes me aware to study on tourism so that I can contribute in the proper development of tourism sector of my country.

Discoveries enable self-sufficiency and autonomy in the area of community based tourism and community-led development. I strongly expect to discover some practical knowledge which will be really helpful to meet up the challenges for upcoming world tourism. As it is proven now that practicing STD doesn’t reduce income rather it helps to ensure long term incomes, I expect, I will be able to make understand the policy makers the necessity of accepting ST programs.

2 Responses to “Sustainable Tourism Development”

  1. Magdalina Yarichkova says:

    One of the primary reasons choosing EMTM for me was the focus on Sustainable Tourism and all the different courses giving different perspectives on the topic. Having a thorough background in the area of Sustainable Event Management and Sustainable Tourism has already given me a good idea why we needed that shift in thinking and I have made the choice to contribute in the best possible way to the initiative.

    Sustainable Tourism is also an area with a really fast development. I believe I would never be able to say that I am really keeping up to date with all innovations in the area, but for one I am sure – continuing educating myself is the key to being really close to that statement. Thus, I expect that the course will offer perspectives I might not have even heard of, or ideas about problematic areas, that are new or just different from the focus I am keeping so far, this being Sustainable Event Management. I would appreciate also the view of my classmates, and how they perceive this topic, seeing that there are people that have done their Bachelor Thesis on the topic, and others, that are still unsure of what this is all about. This makes a good mix of people and certainly there will be a lot of valuable ideas on the way.

    As Lalada says here, ” practicing STD doesn’t reduce income rather it helps to ensure long term incomes”, this is something that still many people – professionals and tourists, cannot fully grasp. For many, sustainable tourism comes as an “extra cost”, rather than being viewed as a way to reduce expenses! I hope that thanks to such courses, more people going out of the Universities will be better educated and would know that they have to demand more in the area, in order better results to be achieved!

  2. ROCIO ARENADO says:

    Lalada, I was reading everyone’s comments and yours has maid me think…I am aware that Magdalina has all ready pointed this matter, however, I would like to point it ones more.

    The fact that “STD doesn’t reduce income but ensures long term incomes” is the key to understand STD. I believe that this statement should be widely spread through all the tourism industry, to make stakeholder’s understand that there are not many immediate benefits in STD

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