Sustainable tourism has been defined as tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities. We use the term interchangeably with healthy tourism.
Our Goal is to measure anything that will indicate a good balance of healthy tourism in our region. When travel and tourism activities are planned and executed with the impact on communities and commerce in mind, tourism as an industry can live up to its potential as a great catalyst for economic, social and environmental prosperity.
Healthy tourism in our region should:
- Ensure viable, long term business growth, employment and investment in the region making sure we have jobs across a range of sectors that are all year round.
- Respect the authenticity of our local host towns and villages, conserving our built and living cultural heritage, traditional values and contributing to inter-cultural understanding and tolerances.
- Make optimal use of environmental resources that constitute a key element in tourism development, maintaining essential ecological processes and helping to conserve natural heritage and biodiversity.
The Shoalhaven 360 analysis has created a potential set of optimal conditions for stakeholders to choose from, and a potential set of indicators to monitor the optimal conditions, for stakeholders to choose from. The following sections present these in advance of stakeholder workshops, when these choices will be made.
Finding Indicative Measures to monitor the impact of Tourism in the region. To tell a story of how we indicate what a good balance is against what the community believes is healthy for our Region.