The concept of the green economy has now entered mainstream policy debates and been endorsed by a range of United Nations and other organizations. The Rio+20 UN conference specifically drew attention to the green economy approach in the context of sustainable development to move away from business-as-usual practices, act to end poverty, address environmental destruction and build a bridge to the sustainable future. It is increasingly recognized that the tourism sector can make a major contribution to the green economy through more sustainable practices, climate change mitigation and ecotourism. The role of tourism sector will continue to be crucial in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda too. However, there are ambiguities about how tourism and allied industries can maximize their contribution to human well-being and ensure environmentally sustainability, embracing issues of political economy, geography and business ethics.
In this context, this book provides consensus about what the green economy entails, what role tourism can play in a green economy, early responses from many countries, on-going and emerging research initiatives that will enable tourism’s transition to a green economy. The chapters address three key themes: understanding the Green Economy concept and the role of tourism; responses and initiatives in greening tourism; and emerging techniques and research implications. A wide range of case studies from around the world and in different contexts is included to demonstrate the extent of the challenge and range of opportunities for the tourism industry.
"This publication offers an objective assessment of the challenges faced by green economy and their application to the tourism sector, as well as opportunities for promoting a global and local sustainable tourism through resource efficiency, green jobs and sustainable consumption and production patterns. Tourism stakeholders will find inspiration in this book, from its multiple case studies, in defining and promoting methods and tools for implementing sustainable tourism while valuing local resources and educating the tourist community." – Arab Hoballah, Chief of the Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch, UNEP.
"We welcome this publication which covers the topic of tourism, and in particular the aspect of sustainable tourism, with the aim of providing useful insights on how tourism could adapt to green economy, and how to make tourism more sustainable" – Francesca Tudini, Head of Tourism Policy Unit, European Commission.
"This publication brings new insights into the need to green the rapidly-growing tourism industry. The case studies show the challenges and opportunities common to both developed and developing countries, echoing UNESCO’s efforts to build inclusive green societies and sustainable tourism through Biosphere Reserves, World Heritage (including marine) sites, and Geoparks." – Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director General a.i., Natural Sciences, UNESCO.
"Building on the outcome of Rio+20, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, through its Division for Sustainable Development, has been working closely with the UN system, in particular, the World Tourism Organization and United Nations Environment Programme to advance sustainable tourism in the context of sustainable development and more specifically in national planning processes. In this regard, initiatives by the academic world to help policy makers and practitioners develop a better understanding of the dynamic and concrete linkages between tourism and sustainable development are therefore of great importance. This publication addresses the potential role that tourism could play towards a green economy. It also provides good practices, policy orientations as well as implications for future research in this area. The publication is therefore a timely and important input for tourism and sustainability stakeholders." – Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Secretariat.
Nikhil Seth, Director of the Division of Sustainable Development, UNDESA, New York
Part 1: Understanding the Concept of Green Economy and the Role of Tourism
1. Introduction: Tourism in the Green Economy: Rio to Post-2015
Maharaj Vijay Reddy and Keith Wilkes
2. Defining the Green Economy and the Potential Role of Green Tourism
Adrian C. Newton
3. Environmental Ethics and Challenges to Tourism’s Place in the Green Economy
4. The Role of Nature-based Tourism in the Green Economy: A Broader Perspective for Conservation and Sustainability in the Philippines
5. Understanding the Philosophy and Performance of Tourism and Leisure in Protected Areas for transition to a Green Economy
Agita Livina and Dzintra Atstaja
6. Ecotourism Regulation and the Move to a Green Economy
Colin Crawford, Jared Sternberg and Robert C. Cudd
7. China's Tourism’s March Forward: Towards a Green Transition or Unsustainable Tourism
Michael O' Regan
Part 2: Best Practices for the Greening of Tourism and Allied Industries
8. Green Jobs and Employment in Tourism
Adele Ladkin and Edith Szivas
9. Sri Lanka and Tourism: The Need for a Green Economy Approach
Jeremy Buultjens, Iraj Ratnayake and Athula Chammika Gnanapala
10. Responses and Green Tourism Initiatives from National Parks in Sabah, Malaysia
Jennifer Kim Lian Chan
11. The Potential of Energy Tourism: A Multiple Case Study on Renewable Energy-based Tourist Attractions
Lena-Marie Lun, Michael Volgger and Harald Pechlaner
12. Eco-Certification and Labelling Programs of Hotels in China: Policy Perspectives for Sustainable Tourism and a ‘Greener’ Economy
Fu Jia and Ralph Wahnschafft
13. Working towards a Transition to Green Economy in Small Island Developing States: The Seychelles
14. Destination Ukraine: Tourism Litmus of Transition to Green Economy
Victoria Kiptenko and Pavlo Doan
15. Ecotourism as a Mechanism for Achieving a Green Economy in Developing Countries: Experiences from Ghana
Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Rik Thwaites and Rosemary Black
16. Local Food: Greening the Tourism Value Chain
Susan L. Slocum
17. The Role of Green Events in a Green Economy
Bill Merrilees, Dale Miller and Amelia Green
Part 3: Research Implications and Emerging Issues
18. A Micro-Macro Assessment of Climate Change and Visitors to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Tazim Jamal, Bruce Prideaux, Hana Sakata and Michelle Thompson
19. Investigating the Transition of the Tourism Industry towards a Green Economy in Samui Island, Thailand
Gunjan Saxena, Nisarat Thaithong and Dimitrios Tsagdis
20. Greening the High-spend Visitor: Implications for Destination Marketing
Emma Whittlesea, Victoria Hurth and Sheela Agarwal
21. Steps towards a Green Economy: Which Factors Contribute to the Social Inclusion and Economic Development of the Locals in the Brazilian Tourism Industry?
Gilson Zehetmeyer Borda, Elimar Pinheiro do Nascimento, João Paulo Faria Tasso and Everson Cristiano de Abreu Meireles
22. Economic Greenwash: On the Absurdity of Tourism and Green Growth
C. Michael Hall