While tourism can bring economic development, it also comes with a wide range of hidden costs. Failing to account for this ‘invisible burden’ caused by overtourism puts ecosystems, culture, and community life at risk.
Hosted by Cornell University in collaboration with EplerWood International, the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) in Thailand, the Travel Foundation, and PATA, this webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 4pm-5pm ICT.
The webinar will consider novel solutions to manage the underlying costs of tourism on local society and infrastructure, and offers the opportunity to ask questions and interact directly with the speakers:
- Megan Epler Wood, Managing Director, Sustainable Tourism Asset Management Program at Cornell University; Owner and Principal of EplerWood International
- Watcharee Churugsa, Director of Community-Based Tourism for the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA), Thailand
The webinar will also be moderated by Ben Lynam, Head of Communications at the Travel Foundation and hosted by Graham Harper, Director of Sustainability & Social Responsibility at PATA.
Based on the ground-breaking report ‘Destinations at Risk: The Invisible Burden of Tourism’, this webinar will uncover the ‘invisible burden’ of tourism to address the root causes of why overtourism exists, and more importantly, how destinations can thrive in the long term.
It will describe how destinations must uncover and account for tourism’s hidden costs to protect and manage their assets, suggesting that the risks of overtourism for both destinations and businesses must be openly and transparently reviewed with more science-based, data-driven analysis.
Participants will learn novel approaches to the following topics:
- Accounting systems that capture the full costs of managing tourism at the destination level
- Skills and cross-sector collaboration to ensure the availability of vital resources for tourist and residents
- Land planning and demand management systems to manage growth
- Valuation and financing mechanisms to redress debilitating under-investment in infrastructure and local asset management
Who should join?
The webinar welcomes all destination management and sustainable tourism professionals from academic, public and private sectors across Asia Pacific seeking better ways to protect and manage vital destination assets.