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Destination Risk Profiling

Project Aims

To develop and pilot a methodology to identify the core sustainability risks associated with tourism.


Tourism development can lead to negative impacts on people and the environment in tourism destinations.  In order to mitigate the risk of having a negative impact, we need to understand more about the risks associated with tourism.

We’re developing an analysis framework to comprehensively assess sustainability risks at a destination level, and have been piloting this with TUI UK & Ireland. The analysis framework will enable destinations and companies developing tourism to understand where they can mitigate the risks and maximise opportunities for positive impacts through tourism.

Latest Activities

  • Methodology and indicators framework developed

  • This was tested initially in Sardinia, with risk indicators being tested in the following areas: natural resources, ecosystems and biodiversity, animal welfare, climate change, local economy, society, tourism product and governance

  • A second scoping trip took place to Saint Lucia, to test the appropriateness of the framework in a different destination

  • We are now in the process of collating the data from both scoping trips, in order to produce a report that can be used to assess sustainability risks in destinations


Following on from our ground-breaking research into measuring tourism’s impact, we’re broadening the scope of our work in this area to include destination risk assessment.

We’re working with large tour operator TUI UK & Ireland on this project so that we can demonstrate how sustainability risk criteria can be integrated into a large business. This project has huge potential to minimise the negative impacts of tourism and to be widely replicated by destination authorities and businesses.