Notions of sustainable tourism need to think hard about what the term often means in practice, write Joseph Wilde and Bart Slob. There are few among us who would not enjoy getting away for a relaxing vacation on a sunny beach far from the daily routine. The dream is even more attractive if we feel that our holiday can help contribute to sustainable development in the local community at our tourism destination. Indeed, tourism is being touted as a way to help lift developing countries and regions with few other possibilities for economic development out of poverty. But can we really be sure that our vacation expenditures are contributing to the sustainable development of local communities? read more less
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