Sustainable tourism, also known as responsible tourism or eco-tourism, is an approach to travel and tourism that seeks to minimize the negative impact on the environment, local communities, and cultural heritage while promoting positive contributions to these elements. The primary goal of sustainable tourism is to ensure that tourism activities are conducted in a way that preserves natural and cultural resources for future generations, fosters social inclusivity, and provides economic benefits to local communities.

Sustainable tourism aims to create a balance between economic growth, environmental protection, and cultural preservation, ensuring that tourism can be a positive force for all stakeholders involved. Travelers, businesses, and local communities all play crucial roles in fostering and promoting sustainable tourism practices.

In the context of sustainable tourism, the concept of a circular economy is gaining prominence as a framework for minimizing waste and maximizing the efficient use of resources. A circular economy in tourism involves rethinking the traditional linear model of “take, make, dispose” and instead focuses on reducing, reusing, and recycling materials to create a closed-loop system. This approach aligns with the principles of sustainability by promoting economic, social, and environmental benefits.

By integrating circular economy principles into sustainable tourism practices, the industry can move towards a more regenerative and restorative model. This not only contributes to the long-term health of ecosystems and local communities but also ensures that tourism remains a positive force for the environment and society.

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

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VideoCircular EconomyIn this whiteboard animation video, I explain what we mean by circular economy, I go through all the things we can do to go from our current economy to a circular economy and I use many examples7 min
VideoWhat is sustainable tourism?All forms of tourism touch the environment in which it takes place. The effects of this contact between tourists and the environment must be carefully managed for tourism to remain sustainable. But what exactly is sustainable tourism? In this video, we will try to explain.4 min
VideoHow to design a circular economy?TED talks contain ideas worth sharing, and when it comes to the sustainability crisis we need great ideas – fast. Today our economy works against the environment by creating pollution and waste, which we need to change. Small change, like doing the same thing but a bit less bad, won’t work. For a fundamentally different outcome, the solution needs to be something fundamentally different from business as usual.15 min
ArticleSustainable Development GoalsSet forward by the United Nations (UN) in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are a collection of 17 global goals aimed at improving the planet and the quality of human life around the world by the year 2030. Their description can be found in this article.5 min
ArticleWhat is circular economy and why does it matter?Circular economy aims to minimize waste and promote a sustainable use of natural resources, through smarter product design, longer use, recycling and more, as well as regenerate nature.5 min
ArticleCircular economyWorld Economic Forum: 8 videos that explain the circular economy
MaterialsBest practices: Finland – Sustainable Tourism DestinationPractical documents and approaches, strategies, plans, 100% pure inspiration
VideoSustainable Tourism as a Force for Good11min
Animated videoExplaining the Circular Economy and How Society Can Re-think ProgressHow through a change in perspective we can re-design the way our economy works and also questions whether, with creativity and innovation, we can build a restorative economy.4 min