Last week's post in this series of exploring sustainable tourism, defined sustainable tourism.
This post will explore the "why" of sustainable tourism.
Impact: Over 842 million people traveled internationally in 2007 + this is expected to reach 1.6 billion by 2020. As a result, travel and tourism was expected to represent 3.6% of total global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2007 and 10% if tourism related businesses like transportation, cleaning, catering, etc. were included! (Source: Global Development Research Center)
Considering the scope of the impact that this could possibly have on communities and tourism dollars in those communities, not to speak of water resources used by hotels, motels etc., sustainability only makes sense.