Trends & Tactics to Mainstream Sustainable Tourism

Transformative travel, urban sustainability and transparency are a few of the seven trends in sustainable travel we’ve identified with New York University’s Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism in a collaborative white paper released today.

“Trends and Tactics to Mainstream Sustainable Tourism: How the tourism industry can act as a force to solve the world’s most pressing issues” is packed with examples of travel industry businesses that are employing these trends and setting examples for the rest of the industry. The white paper is based on data gathered at the 2016 Travel+SocialGood Summit, where 150 of the travel industry’s innovators focused on solutions to mainstreaming sustainable travel.

“Our goal in releasing these trends and real-life examples is to help other members of the travel industry adapt their operations and give them ideas on how to transform their businesses,” Travel+SocialGood Executive Director Kelley Louise said. “The opportunity for the tourism industry to have a major impact on economic/job growth, environmental sustainability and other major issues is very real.”

The white paper is available online below. It was produced in collaboration with the NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism. The Tisch Center is a leading academic center and research partner for the tourism and hospitality industries. Sustainability and sustainable travel are central components in NYUSPS Tisch Center undergraduate and graduate degree programs, through which students examine global best practices in destination management, transport regulations and responsible visitation. This holistic and community-based view on travel enables students to critically analyze tourism products, and understand the role of technology in encouraging sustainability in destination development and management,” noted Lynn Minnaert, academic chair and clinical associate professor.

We’ve released the white paper ahead of our 2017 Summit, which will be held on Nov. 16-17 in New York City. This year’s attendees will meet a different challenge: how to increase accessibility and awareness of sustainable tourism.

 

“We see a few travel companies that have done a great job with transparency, but we feel it’s the most pressing need in front of the industry right now,” Louise said. “We’re excited to team up with Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Sustainable Travel International, Center for Responsible Travel and Tourism Cares to address this issue at the Summit.”

The design-thinking agency, Community by Design will lead this year’s Summit ideation workshop focused on transparency. Attendees will spend several hours developing solutions to be shared across the travel industry.

The TSG Summit is limited to 150 innovators and visionaries in the travel and impact space. An application to attend the 2017 Summit can be found here. The deadline to apply has been extended until Oct. 31.

TSG 2017 Trends and Tactics to Mainstream Sustainable Tourism
Travel+SocialGood is a nonprofit and community aimed at propelling the travel industry to meet its potential for global positive impact. Our goal is to help build the travel industry of the future, where all travel will have a positive economic, environmental, cultural and social impact for traveler, place and resident.
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