Climate Change, COVID-19, and Global Systemic Change

Issues such as climate change, which are directly linked to global health pandemics such as COVID-19, demonstrate the urgent imperative to implement responsible tourism management. This viewpoint makes the case for developing responsible pathways forward – away from top-down economic growth models, towards centering the need for heightened environmental and socially sustainable and responsible practices. The pause on tourism from COVID-19 provides an opportunity for new pathways forward that consider the dire situation of the planet. Authors present the Future of Tourism Coalition’s Guiding Principles as a practical model for tourism destinations to manage and develop tourism more holistically.

Keywords: capitalism, climate change, COVID-19, economic growth, sustainability, tourism management

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