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Gianna Moscardo, the current BEST EN Chair, is a member of the Sustainability Leaders Expert Panel, which regularly provides insights into key tourism and sustainability topics and issues.  This month’s issue was how to make destinations more sustainable.  The following is a summary of prof. Moscardo’s interview.

  • Get more diverse community representatives on tourism planning and development committees and boards – expand to people from welfare agencies and people who are advocates for a wide range of different sectors within the community, not just tourism business and government agencies.
  • Do some research to establish what is positive about residents’ current well-being – for instance, what do they value right now about their community that should be protected, what well-being needs do they have (what specific things they need right now – like better healthcare, or more public transport) and what their aspirations are for the future. Use these to guide decisions about what type of tourism to pursue.
  • So the whole planning and development process should be driven by community needs and goals, not business and market opportunities.
  • See tourism as a tool for the destination community, not the destination community as a resource for tourism. It is a simple but subtle distinction that makes a great deal of difference.

    Other sustainability leader insights can be found at https://sustainability-leaders.com/how-to-make-destinations-sustainable/


List of Articles
No. Subject Date
21 Destination pledges to build an emotional connection with visitors file Nov 19, 2019

BESTEN committee member Dr Julia N. Albrecht, University of Otago, New Zealand, and social enterprise GOOD Travel co-founder Eliza Raymond have investigated tourism planners’ and managers’ motivations behind visitor pledges and related imple...

» Latest on Making Tourist Destinations Sustainable file Nov 15, 2019

Gianna Moscardo, the current BEST EN Chair, is a member of the Sustainability Leaders Expert Panel, which regularly provides insights into key tourism and sustainability topics and issues. This month’s issue was how to make destinations more...

19 Free online courses on sustainable tourism on Edx file Oct 11, 2019

Arjaan Pellis from Wageningen University has developed two online MOOCs on sustainable tourism that may be of interest to BEST-EN members, see further here: https://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/online-education/MOOC/Professional-Certif...

18 WTTC launches the Sustainable Travel & Tourism Partners initiative file Oct 11, 2019

BEST EN partners with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) supporting the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards and we have previously edited a case study book on finalists (https://www.besteducationnetwork.org/Books/2891) Sustainability has no...

17 Outstanding Paper Awards 2019 BEST EN Think Tank. Sep 11, 2019

The 2019 Think Tank on Creating Sustainable Tourist Experiences was held in San Francisco from June 30 to July 3rd. The Think Tank was hosted by the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism, San Francisco State University, at their Downto...

16 Defining a Sustainable Tourist Experiences: Thoughts from the BEST EN Think Tank ... file Sep 11, 2019

One of the critical issues for the 2019 Think Tank was how to define a sustainable tourist experience. In her opening presentation, current BEST EN Chair, Gianna Moscardo presented two different options. One more traditional academic approac...

15 Outstanding Paper Awards 2017 BEST EN Think Tank file Aug 17, 2017

BEST EN would like to congratulate the winners of the Outstanding Paper awards at the 2017 BEST EN Think Tank, which was held in June in Mauritius. This year's theme was “Innovation and Progress in Sustainable Tourism” The Winners of the Ou...

14 BEST EN Thiink Tank XVII Keynote Speaker Dr Scott Cohen file Jan 13, 2017

800x600 Dr Scott Cohen is Head of the Department of Tourism and Events in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey. He formerly led the School’s research group on Sustainability and Wellbeing in the Visit...

13 BEST EN Thiink Tank XVII Keynote Speaker Dr Susanne Becken file Jan 03, 2017

Dr Susanne Becken is a Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University, Australia, and an Adjunct Professor at Lincoln University, New Zealand. Susanne is a globally recognised expert in the field of sustainable tourism, in particul...

12 BEST EN Thiink Tank XVI Keynote Speaker Dr Xavier Font file Jan 13, 2016

Dr Xavier Font is an expert in responsible tourism marketing, with extensive experience in industry and government training on all aspects of sustainable tourism production and consumption. He is the most published academic in the world in ...

11 BEST EN Thiink Tank XVI Keynote Speaker Petra Thomas file Jan 13, 2016

Petra Thomas is a professional in sustainable tourism management with extensive experience in product development, management, marketing, public relations, CSR and criteria development for responsible tour operating. Finishing her studies i...

10 Introducing our new Executive members... Paige Viren file Aug 13, 2015

We would like to introduce our newest BEST EN Executive committee member, Paige Viren. Dr. Viren’s research interests revolve around consumer behavior and tourism, with a special focus on adventure travel and sustainable community-based tour...

9 Introducing our new Executive members... Wolfgang Strasdas file Aug 13, 2015

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8 BEST EN Think Tank XVI, 2016 Host Announcement file Jul 27, 2015

2016 BEST EN Think Tank XVI We are proud to announce the BEST EN Think Tank XVI host as the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (Berlin). The Think Tank XVI will be held from the 12th to the 15th of July 2016. A call for papers...

7 BEST EN Think Tank XV Keynote speaker Prof Jarkko Saarinen file Mar 04, 2015

Jarkko Saarinen PhD Presentation Title: Tourism, Communities and Poverty Alleviation: Searching for Responsibility in Sustainable Tourism Development Jarkko Saarinen is Professor of Geography at the University of Oulu, Finland, and Distingui...

6 BEST EN Think Tank XV Keynote speaker Dr Anna Spenceley file Mar 04, 2015

Anna Spenceley PhD Presentation Title: A decade of progress in sustainable tourism in protected areas Dr Anna Spenceley is a tourism consultant focusing on sustainable tourism based in South Africa. In particular, she works in areas of high...

5 Gianna Moscardo new Chair of BEST EN file Jan 02, 2015

Following the last BEST EN Think Tank, our organisation has been in a transition phase where the Chair passed from Prof. Dagmar Lund-Durlacher to Prof. Gianna Moscardo. She is continuing in the footsteps of our past leaders, and we would lik...

4 Resources from Think Tank XIV available now file Jul 14, 2014

During our annual Think Tank this year, we received many interesting presentations from scholars all over the globe working on politics, policy and governance in sustainable tourism. We learned a lot about the challenges faced by our colleag...

3 BEST EN Outstanding Paper Award 2014 file Jul 14, 2014

We celebrated the winners of the Outstanding Paper Award at Think Tank XIV "Politics, Policy and Governance in Sustainable Tourism" and would like to share our congratulations with the tourism community. The BEST EN Outstanding Paper Award 2...

2 Frederic Dimanche to join the BEST EN International Advisory Board file Jan 30, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Frederic Dimanche, Marketing professor at SKEMA Business School in Sophia Antipolis, France, has accepted our invitation to join the BEST EN International Advisory Board. Frederic has been with BEST EN since ...

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