Published on : Thursday, September 27, 2018
Tourism destinations around the world are facing problems due to overcrowding and degradation of resources, and hence, sustainability is of utmost importance.
Kathleen Pessolano, the programme director of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), a US-based NGO said, “Destinations nowadays are experiencing overcrowding and degradation of resources. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced, based on its members’ priorities, the top three issues that tourism needs to take into account for the future.”
“One is climate change, the second is protection of our destinations and the third is disruption. Degradation of tourist destinations is a big problem, many destinations are struggling with managing well and sustainably and our criteria address how to do this as well,” Pessolano added.
The US Consulate in Kolkata has sponsored her visit to meet with a few stakeholders in Meghalaya concerning sustainable tourism development.
Pessolano said further, “This community has a lot of potential to grow tourism as driver of economic development but the Global Sustainable Tourism Council which I work for, sets standards on how to organize tourism and manage it well so that people can benefit from tourism without creating negative impact from tourism on local cultural and environmental resources which is very important so that tourism can continue to benefit communities for the future.”