Destination Management

The continued massive growth in tourism worldwide is placing unprecedented pressure on destinations. Alarming reports of overtourism have highlighted the serious negative impacts that tourism can have on people’s lifestyles, natural habitats and wildlife, historic sites and essential resources such as water and energy.

Tourism, however big or small, brings both positive and negative impacts to destinations. What ‘overtourism’ highlights is that without careful planning, negative impacts can quickly prevail as tourism grows. This can eventually degrade the destination and lead to the destruction of its assets.  But with good destination management, tourism can continue to bring economic rewards for the long term,  supporting jobs and employment for local people, as well as funds for conservation.

Our new report, ‘The Invisible Burden of tourism’ has highlighted that destination managers need new skills and resources to meet this challenge.

We support tourism destinations to:
  • Understand the impacts of tourism specific to their destination and its assets.
  • Identify the type of tourism and market sector(s) that bring the greatest benefits.
  • Assess the socio-economic and environmental risks of tourism and their management priorities.
  • Build capacity so that destination managers are equipped to support sustainable tourism aims.
Next steps
  • Find out more with our new report, the ‘Invisible Burden of tourism’ and other resources below.
  • Contact us to find out how we can support you: e-mail:

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