The Travel Foundation, EplerWood International, and Cornell University’s Centre for Sustainable Global Enterprise are joining forces again, a year after the publication of our landmark report Destinations at Risk: The Invisible Burden of Tourism. In the age of climate change and overtourism, we are coming together to equip the sector with the critical skills needed to manage tourism.
We’re also pleased to welcome a new addition, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), representing the region with the greatest projected tourism growth over the coming decade. Through this collaboration, we aim to develop new tools and educational content for PATA’s destination members which can then be applied globally.
Amongst its findings, the Invisible Burden report illustrated that destinations urgently require increased capacity and skills to manage the costs associated with tourism growth, to protect the world’s most treasured natural and cultural assets.
The partnership will build on this ground-breaking work with new research to better understand the skill gaps destinations face as they tackle critical management challenges. Practical training tools and resources will be developed, including:
- holistic accounting methods that measure the invisible burden of tourism;
- data management skills to manage tourism growth in destinations;
- better reporting systems and collaboration between local authorities and the private sector;
- innovative financing mechanisms that enable tourism destinations to cover the costs of new solutions.