CONTENTS:- Preface; 1. Sustainable tourism and the environment; 2. Sustainable tourism-illusion or realistic alternative? 3. The biggest industry the world has ever seen: the future of world tourism; 4. Tourism and the environment; 5. The tourism juggernaut; 6. Sustainable tourism development; 7. Ecotourism or ecocide? 8. Heating up environmental education and communication; 9. Pro-poor tourism; 10. Economics and environment; 11. Fresh water and the environment; 12. Urbanization and the environment; 13. Children's health and the environment; 14. The environment, the economy and public health; 15. Population and the environment; 16. Saving the planet: imperialism in green garb? 17. Forests-the earth's lungs; 18. Ecosystems, our unknown protectors; 19. Population growth and forests; 20. Population growth and biodiversity; 21. Genetic diversity and food security; 22. Global warming: worrisome signs; 23. An agenda for change; 24. Using economics to advantage; 25. Population growth and waste; 26. Economics and sustainable development; 27. Consuming the future; 28. Pollution for export; 29. Employment and promoting ecology; 30.Environmental protection-the devil may care; Bibliography; Index.
The year 2020 will see the penetration of technology into all aspects of life. It will become possible to live one’s days without exposure to other people, according to WTO’s latest look into the future. Tourism in the 21 century will not only be the world’s biggest industry, it will be the largest by far that the world has ever seen. Along with its phenomenal growth and size, the tourism industry will also have to take on more responsibility for its extensive impacts. Not only its economic impact, but also its impact on the environment, on societies and on cultural sites, all of which will be increasingly scrutinized by governments, consumer groups and the travelling public. We hope that tourism 2020 vision will be more than a useful marketing tool, that it will act as a warning signal for destinations--helping them recognize the need to prepare for the pressure of growth, WTO is advising destinations to implement long-term, strategic planning and to strengthen the partnerships, both strategically and at the operational level, between the public and private sectors.