01 Dec '17, 10am

Tourism vs. Sustainable Development: Can Resorts Be a Driver of Inclusive Growth?

Tourism vs. Sustainable Development: Can Resorts Be a Driver of Inclusive Growth?

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (WTO) insists that tourism and sustainable development do not have to be mutually exclusive . For the sake of the planet, that had better be true – especially since estimates suggest 1.8 billion people could be taking international trips by 2030, a 50 percent increase from last year. Here in Jamaica, where the UNWTO has wrapped up its Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth, a quick scan of the all-inclusive resorts that line the highway along the country’s north shore do not appear to be a hotbed of responsible and inclusive growth. The massive gates that greet shuttles arriving at these resorts hardly scream “inclusive.” Once visitors arrive inside, the amounts of food and trash these resorts generate raise questions about whether tourism can truly become the sustainable industry its leaders say it could be. In fact, George W...

Full article: https://www.triplepundit.com/2017/12/tourism-vs-sustainab...

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