Importance Of Sustainable Tourism

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Tourism has been one of the most significant contributions to the economic development in some countries and cities. In Australia, for instance, tourism contributes $40.639 million directly to GDP, consisting 3.6% of the total GDP and 4.7% of total employment (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2009). With the worldwide improvement of living conditions, more and more people are willing to spend time and money on traveling, either abroad or within a certain region. However, the frequent use of transportation and the considerable consumption of all kinds of resources pose great challenges for not only the local community, but also the world as a whole. Such challenges include air pollution caused by increasing emission of greenhouse gasses,…show more content…
Indeed, realizing the role of resources use efficiency in sustainable tourism and taking corresponding actions can be essential in increasing profit earning and government revenue within the local community. And more importantly, for the prosperity of all destinations worldwide in the long run. This essay will be divided into three parts. First, the author will briefly introduce sustainable tourism, as well as effective utilization of resources, both daily supplies during traveling and tourism resources in the local community. Second, followed by an analysis of the relationship between resources use efficiency and sustainable tourism, so as to shed some light for decision formulation within the local government. Finally, despite a general overview, the important role of resources use efficiency will be stressed so as to develop sustainable…show more content…
Changes brought by the development of tourism can be seen in such aspects as natural resources, environment, consumption patterns, socio-economic systems, as well as pollution degree. Correspondingly, sustainable tourism has become an issue top on the agenda for the survival of the whole industry. However, before rushing into any actions, it is important first to understand the definition of sustainable tourism. Basing on UNEP and UNWTO (2005), sustainable tourism can be defined as “Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities”. Suggested by the definition, a balance among local environment, economy, and socio-culture must be achieved to guarantee the long-term sustainability of destinations (ibid.). Additionally, Swarbrooke (1999) pointed out the three dimensions of sustainable tourism: first, the environment, original and established; second, the economic activity or performance of local communities and companies, and third, social effects of tourism, such as the influence on the host community, travelers as well as employees involved in tourism. A

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