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Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable tourism development meets the needs of present tourists and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future. It is envisaged as leading to management of all resources in such a way that economic, social and aesthetic needs can be fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity, and life support systems.
- World Tourism Organization

Understanding Sustainable Tourism

Minnesota, like most destinations, is dependent on its natural and human resources for tourism. Sustainable tourism values, preserves and protects the natural and human resources while providing economic opportunity for our communities and businesses. Sustainable tourism guidelines and management practices are applicable to all types and sizes of tourism. Every community and business can implement strategies for sustainability.

As a whole, the University of Minnesota has been actively engaged in sustainability issues for several decades, including tourism. The Tourism Center prepares and supports the tourism industry for success and sustainability. For more information about the University’s overall commitment to sustainability please visit www.uservices.umn.edu/sustainableU/.

We hope you find this sampling of resources and information on sustainable tourism useful. Due to the rapidity of information and product development, this information represents select sources that we are frequently updating.

Online Resources Related to Sustainable Tourism

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According to the World Tourism Organization, sustainable tourism development meets the needs of present tourists and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future. It is envisaged as leading to management of all resources in such a way that economic, social and aesthetic needs can be fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity, and life support systems.

Questions often arise regarding how ecotourism, nature tourism, geotourism and other similar concepts fit into or overlap with sustainable tourism. For a discussion of these and other concepts, see www.planeta.com

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