The international movement “Future of Tourism Coalition” involves six non-governmental organizations that have come together to call for a tourism change.
There are 13 principles advocated by this movement that are transforming the way the future of tourism is viewed! A future where the integrity of destinations is increasingly defended, inclusion and equity are promoted, positive impact on communities and nature is maximized, and change based on collaborative principles is promoted.
Futurismo Azores Adventures is proud to be part of this newly formed international movement, in these times of pandemic.
As signatories, Futurismo is committed to devising a recovery strategy that aligns to the maximum with the principles of the “Future of Tourism Coalition” so that we can be an active voice in building a better future for all of us.
Guiding principle #1: See the Whole Picture Recognize that most tourism, by its nature, involves the destination as a whole, and not just the business of the industry. It involves their ecosystems, natural resources, cultural traditions and communities.
Guiding principle #2: Use Sustainability Standards Respect the minimum publicly available and internationally approved criteria for sustainable tourism practices maintained by the Global Council for Sustainable Tourism (GSTC) for industry and destinations.
Guiding principle #3: Collaborative Destination Management Seek to develop all tourism through a collaborative management structure with equal participation from the government, the private sector and civil society organizations that represent diversity in communities.
Guiding principle #4: Quality over quantity Manage the development of tourism based on the quality of visitors and not on the quantity of visitors, in order to enhance the travel experience, maintaining the character of the destination and benefiting the local communities.
Guiding principle #5: Demand fair income distribution Establish policies that combat the uneven benefits of tourism in the destination communities and that maximize the retention of tourism revenues in these communities.
Guiding principle #6: Reduce tourism's burden Consider all tourism costs in terms of local tax burden, environmental and social impacts. Ensure that investments are linked to optimizing positive impacts for communities and the environment.
Guiding principle #7: Redefine economic success Give preference to metrics that specify the benefits of the destination, the development of small companies, the creation of jobs, the distribution of revenues, the competitiveness in the market. Objectively, there are indicators that can be included, such as the number of protected natural resources available for local use, the proportion of waste diverted from landfills for composting and / or recycling, the percentage of structures and / or vehicles that operate using renewable energy.
Guiding principle #8: Mitigate climate impacts Make an effort to follow scientific consensus on necessary reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Invest in green infrastructure and a rapid reduction in transport emissions involved in tourism - air, sea and land.
Guiding principle #9: Close the loop on resources When post-pandemic security allows, avoid using disposable plastics as much as possible and transition to a circular economy. Pollution and waste are harmful to the environment and deplete resources that are often scarce, especially on islands, such as land, water, food and energy.
Guiding principle #10: Contain tourism's land use Limit mass tourism. Discourage the expansion of resorts on slopes, islands and mountainous areas, in order to maintain the geographical character, a diversified economy, and critical ecosystems. The expansion related to tourism and its associated environmental impacts, including increased traffic, degradation of the landscape, brings barriers to local residents and a loss of personality. And this is a big risk for tourist regions.
The six non-governmental organizations that came together to create this movement are: The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST); The Destination Stewardship Center; Green Destinations; Sustainable Travel International; Tourism Cares; The Travel Foundation; whose advisor to this movement is The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).
Find out more at https://www.futureoftourism.org/