Towards resilient regions: 8 policy recommendations for synergy between tourism development and nature protection

Authors: Jasper Heslinga*, European Tourism Futures Institute (ETFI)
Topics: Tourism Geography, Planning Geography, Regional Geography
Keywords: Regional resilience, governance, tourism policy, destination management, sustainable tourism
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Chairman's Boardroom, Omni, East
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Tourism has great potential for making regions more resilient when coping with future social and ecological change. In this paper, the idea of synergy between tourism development and nature protection is proposed as a precondition for this. While the emphasis often lies on social-economic development with a strong industry focus on the one hand or the protection and preservation of nature areas and landscapes on the other hand, synergies are about striving for win-win situations by balancing these twin goals. To what extent synergies are acknowledged is very much dependent on decision-making processes and how these have evolved over time. Therefore, in this paper was analyzed how policy has been developing, how public opinion has been changing and how multilevel governance is currently arranged. In the analysis, the case of Terschelling, an island part of the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea, was assessed on these three aspects. As a result, 8 policy recommendations are presented that could help policy-makers make better decisions on managing tourism and nature.

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