Environmental, Business and Policy Solutions
Available worldwide in paperback, hard cover, and ebook form, Sustainable Tourism On A Finite Planet helps all those involved in international tourism develop the new skills, tools and investments required to protect irreplaceable global resources from the impacts of escalating tourism demand over the next 50 years. It documents how technology and the growing global middle class are driving a travel revolution which requires a new paradigm in managing tourism destinations.
Travel and tourism supply chains and business models for hotels, tour operators, cruise lines, airlines and airports are analysed and environmental management techniques are proposed for each sector. A pragmatic set of solutions are offered to support the transition to lower impact tourism development worldwide.
This book serves as an academic text book, and offers approachable reading on lessons learned and new approaches for policy makers, business people, and environmental analysts alike.
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About The Author
Megan Epler Wood founded EplerWood International (EWI) in 2003 with extensive experience in developing ecotourism in biodiverse regions of the planet as the founding director of the first ecotourism NGO in the world. For nearly 20 years, EWI has led a wide range of engagements working with USAID, GIZ, the InterAmerican Development Bank, the World Bank, and governments in Europe, the United States and Canada.
From 2010-2021 Megan’s research and on-line courses at Harvard University vetted a wide range of solutions to help protect travel destinations. At Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, she leads research on how to advance more sustainable use of global resources by the travel industry. She wrote her 2017 book, Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet while at Harvard and the 2019 report Destinations at Risk; The Invisible Burden of Tourism while at Cornell to speak to a broad audience about how to meet the goals of sustainable tourism worldwide.
“You do not need a PhD to begin work in this field. I sincerely hope others will be inspired to follow up on the many questions this book opens up for more inquiry and publications.”