Environmental Impacts of Cruise Ships on Island Nations

The economic benefit of the cruise industry on developing nations is important for these emerging economies. According to the Dominica Ministry of Tourism, global tourism is projected to grow 4.5 percent annually, and will generate 3.3 million jobs per year. In addition, Jack Holder has found that regionally, tourism accounts for a quarter of foreign […]

Better Travel & Tourism, Better World

The Better Travel & Tourism, Better World Report was produced by Systemiq in partnership with the Sustainable Tourism Global Centre, and in consultation with members of the travel and tourism (T&T) industry to explore how travel and tourism could accelerate its transition to a net-zero, nature and community-positive future. The work received invaluable, extensive inputs […]

Towards Sustainable Blue Tourism: Trends, Challenges, and Policy Pathways

This report examines the current situation of coastal and maritime tourism and identifies the challenges and opportunities faced by stakeholders today toward the development of a more sustainable blue tourism sector. It introduces blue tourism, the main factors characterizing this tourism sub-sector, its governance, and the legal and institutional framework. Moreover, blue tourism’s main market segments are examined, followed by a review […]

Finance Resource Database for Biodiversity (FIRE)

The Finance Resource Database for Biodiversity (FIRE) helps to close the financing gap for biodiversity conservation by listing over 200 funding opportunities around the world. The resources are both public and private. They include options with a conservation objective, and those with other objectives which also can be used to finance biodiversity. FIRE functions as […]

¿Todos a Galápagos?’ Overtourism in wilderness areas of the Global South.

This chapter approaches overtourism as a means to analyse the impacts and limits of late capitalistic tourism development in and around the wilderness protected areas of the Galápagos Islands. Qualitative content analysis points towards three emergent themes: (i) rapid diversification of the land-based tourism economy of the Galápagos; (ii) political ambivalence towards the governance of […]

Beach uses and users in four beaches of the Ecuadorian coast: the importance of physical and socioeconomic conditions for recreational beach use assessment in Latin American contexts

 The understanding of the different conditions that shape the recreational use of sandy beaches is key for their management. This article explores visitors’ and residents’ recreational use of four sandy beaches in Ecuador in relation to the physical and socioeconomic context in which this use takes place, including beach morphodynamics, level of urban development, as […]

Asociación, auto organización y agencia: Características del trabajo ambulante en cuatro playas de la costa ecuatoriana

Los vendedores ambulantes constituyen uno de los rasgos más característicos y posiblemente son los prestadores de servicios turísticos más numerosos en ciertas playas del Ecuador, sin embargo éstos han sido ignorados en las políticas y planes de manejo costero. A través del análisis cualitativo de entrevistas semi-estructuradas a ocho vendedores ambulantes, se identifica las condiciones […]