International Year of Sustainable Tourism

Right around now, with temperatures so low, seems like a fine time to think about travel, especially to warmer places, doesn’t it?

The United Nations (UN) has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism (A/RES/70/193), intended to highlight the potential tourism offers for combating poverty and improving understanding among people while protecting the environment. You can learn a bit more about sustainable tourism from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Also, the UN has a specialized agency for tourism, the World Tourism Organization. The WTO’s press release says that the designation of 2017 provides

12 months to celebrate and promote the contribution of the tourism sector to building a better world.

cover of book Tourism in the Green EconomyAndersen Library can help you learn more! Search Books, media and more in Research@UWW on the Library home page to find titles such as The practice of sustainable tourism: Resolving the paradox (online via Taylor & Francis eBooks), Romancing the wild: Cultural dimensions of ecotourism (3rd-floor Main Collection, G156.5.E26 F54 2014), and Tourism in the green economy (online via Taylor & Francis eBooks). Both ecotourism and “sustainable tourism” are subject headings and yield relevant results, and a search for tourism AND “environmental aspects” might be fruitful as well. Examples of the many relevant articles that may be found include “Ecotourism as an integral part of sustainable tourism development” (Economics & Management, 2013, vol.18:no.3, pp.449-456), “Ecotourism as a conservation tool and its adoption by private protected areas in Brazil” (Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 2014, vol.22:no.4, pp.604-625), “Sustainable tourism and its use as a development strategy in Cambodia: A systematic literature review” (Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 2015, vol.23:no.5, pp.797-818), “GOAL 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns” (UN Chronicle, vol.51:no.4, pp.28-29), and “International sustainable tourism policy” (Brown Journal of World Affairs, vol.22:no.1, pp.25-36).

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About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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