Sustainable Tourism Ethics

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Introduction In order to find out what the role of ethics is in relation to development and evolution of sustainable tourism, the meaning of these terms need to be defined in order to gain a better understanding of the items that will be discussed subsequently. In addition to the role that ethics play, the impacts that ethics has or will leave on and within the tourism industry with regards to sustainable tourism will be discussed. Recent cases will also be studied. Sustainable Development & Sustainable Tourism One of the definitions is that development equals to growing an economy in a specific manner (Rostow, 1960). However, many have gradually created distance from Rostow’s definition, instead accepting that development is more than economical,…show more content…
This interpretation has been used to describe ‘sustainable tourism’ as well, which is often viewed as a sub-set of sustainable development. This interpretation however, lacks consideration for social and ecological impacts, instead only focusing on economic changes. Nonetheless, because of the widespread adoption of this interpretation, it has become the basis of comparison among other definitions of sustainable development (Imran, Alam & Beaumont, 2014). Sustainable tourism is tourism that is implemented and maintained, in a way that allows its long-term presence without damage or change to the environment in which the place exists to a point where it will hinder the progress and stability of other operations by stakeholders (Wahab & Pigram, 1997). Sustainable tourism requires people to take a long-term approach in monitoring economic activities to determine the need for continued economic growth, and if that growth will impact a destination such that it is unable to provide for future visitors (Theobald, 2005). As such, sustainable tourism can be described as a trade-off of current needs for future…show more content…
Bali is known around the world as a popular tourist destination in Asia, but little is known about the water conditions that affect locals caused by the growth of tourism. While locals are able to get jobs in the tourism industry as Bali continues to grow as a destination, the availability of clean water to locals continue to decrease. This is because the resorts are using up all the clean underground water for tourists and pools, with no regulations to manage clean water by the government and no consequences from locals who are less knowledgeable. In an interview with locals, it was found that locals lack understanding in water conservation, as while workers complained of insufficient water at home, they are unable to attribute this condition to the excessive water usage at the resorts where they work (Cole, 2014). The lack of clean water has resulted in the deaths of locals from diseases, and agricultural growth has not been satisfactory. If these actions are allowed to continue with no interventions, tourism may actually cause more problems than benefit the local environment and people. Reports (Cole, 2012) predict that if nothing is done to manage water in Bali, a water crisis would occur by

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