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How to Play Your Part in Pursuit of Balanced Tourism
April 2, 2020 | 1:30 PM Eastern Time
THIS WEBINAR IS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ONLY. ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE SPEAKING STRICTLY OFF THE RECORD. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION.
In times of trouble, it’s always critical to be reactive — to solve problems as they arise. But think how much more powerful it is to ward off trouble before it even begins!
That’s a lesson sadly learned in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, a lesson that might now add oomph to the challenges once — and very likely to be again — posed by overtourism. For decades, full heed was not taken of knowledgeable responsible and sustainable travel professionals. Destination success has been measured by visitor volume and spending, and travel media has largely embraced these metrics, not social, community and environmental impacts.
Now look at what’s happened. Yes, everyone’s hurting, but destinations overly reliant on tourism felt the pain first and often most bitingly. Will anything have been learned once travel is again possible? Especially now, while we have a chance, there’s much that can be done to arrest overtourism’s (re)development, particularly by embracing new strategies and models for sustainable tourism, working to mitigate negative impacts in already affected areas and applying newfound knowledge today to tomorrow’s potential tourism hotspots.
That’s what this next webinar is about: the active roles travel journalists, editors and destination managers can play in proactive pursuit of balanced tourism, especially in light of the pandemic. It’s about grappling with challenges and solutions before problems prevail, about strategies that may be instrumental in stopping overtourism before it starts (again).
Join our three panelists for an practical, enlightening and inspiring discussion:
* Ethan Gelber, freelance travel writer (and SATW member) specializing in responsible and sustainable travel
* Donald Leadbetter, Tourism Program Manager, U.S. National Park Service
* Lisa Kokkarinen, Project Manager, Sustainable Arctic Destination, Visit Finland