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Challenges and Opportunities for Tourism Development in Small Island Developing States

Challenges and Opportunities for Tourism Development in Small Island Developing States
Pages 134
Price 30.00 €
Language English
ISBN print: 978-92-844-1454-3 // electr.: 978-92-844-1455-0
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This publication presents an overview of the status of tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), while providing evidence of the key importance it has for the sustainable development of many islands and for the achievement of the MDGs. It draws together and updates a wide range of evidence on tourism performance and impacts and on the factors affecting the future development of the sector in SIDS, and provides policy orientations, guidelines and other tools to the various tourism stakeholders in SIDS on how to address these challenges and develop and manage tourism in a sustainable manner for the benefit of their population.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1 Tourism in Sids: A Key Economic Sector
    • 1.1 The Definition, Character and Economy of SIDS
    • 1.2 The Tourism Performance of SIDS
    • 1.3 Trends in International Arrivals
    • 1.4 Tourism Spending and its Contribution to the Economy
  • 2 Tourism and Sustainable Development Challenges in SIDS
    • 2.1 Sustainable Tourism and The Green Economy
    • 2.2 Sustainable Tourism Issues for SIDS
      • 2.2.1 Economic Competitiveness
      • 2.2.2 Local Prosperity and Poverty Alleviation
      • 2.2.3 Social and Cultural Issues
      • 2.2.4 Coastal Environments and Biodiversity
      • 2.2.5 Resource Management
    • 2.3 Delivering Sustainable Tourism in SIDS
      • 2.3.1 Maintaining Effective Governance Structures and Communication
      • 2.3.2 Establishing the Right Policies, Strategies and Plans
      • 2.3.3 Using a Range of Management Tools
  • 3 Islands and the Challenge of Accessibility
    • 3.1 Air Transport
    • 3.2 Cruise Tourism
  • 4 Impacts and Challenges of Climate Change in SIDS
    • 4.1 Climate Change, SIDS and Tourism – Recognizing the Challenge
    • 4.2 Climate Change Projections and Implications for SIDS
    • 4.3 Climate Change Implications for SIDS Tourism
      • 4.3.1 Direct Climatic Changes
      • 4.3.2 Indirect Climate Change-induced Environmental Changes
      • 4.3.3 Indirect Climate Change-induced Socio-Economic Changes
      • 4.3.4 Climate Change Mitigation Policy and Travel Costs and Accessibility of SIDS
    • 4.4 Moving Forward: The Climate Change Adaptation Imperative for SIDS Tourism
  • 5 Tourism Marketing Strategies for SIDS
    • 5.1 Current and Future Source Markets for SIDS
    • 5.2 Marketing Strategy Development
  • 6 The Role of UNWTO in Supporting SIDS
    • 6.1 UNWTO Activities in Sustainable Development, Relevant to SIDS
    • 6.2 Recent Events Involving UNWTO, Relating to SIDS and Rio+20
  • Conclusions
  • Bibliography
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