How a 19th-Century British economist can explain today’s challenges in sustainable travel and hospitality
England, 1859. William Stanley Jevons, a twenty-four-year-old economist, finds a curious dilemma in the British coal industry. Technological advancements like the coal-fired steam engine are improving coal’s production efficiency, but coal supply still struggles to meet England’s insatiable demand.
Tourism is the No. 1 industry in both New Orleans and Las Vegas, two of the most popular destinations in the U.S. And while the local economies of both cities are fueled primarily by tourism, there’s plenty of backlash against the industry by locals, who complain that tourists disrespect their city, cause unnecessary congestion to roads and sidewalks, and more.
The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) offered a 3-day training class for representatives of Mae Fah Luang University (28-30 September 2018).
Dang Xuan Son
Created by Dang Xuan Son, one of the initiators of the responsible tourism movement in Vietnam, Hanoi-based tour operator Footprint Travel started in 2001, and since then has always focused on making the journey meaningful.
“Tourist Go home”, “Tourist: your luxury trip, my daily misery”, “Your tourism kills my neighborhood”. Recently, this kind of message has been seen in several travel destinations victims of their own success and attractiveness.