The Blue Economy and the Blue Tourism Destination island of Bonaire

Authors: Jose Torres*, Weber State University
Topics: Tourism Geography, Economic Geography, Middle America
Keywords: Blue Economy, Blue Tourism, Blue Destination, sustainable tourism, Bonaire, Caribbean
Session Type: Poster
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According to European Commission documents that followed the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, the Commission formulated its Blue Growth Strategy in order to focus on sustainably managed oceans, seas, and coastal areas as tools for economic development. Blue Growth is now better known as Blue Economy, and Blue Economy policies have led to practices in the tourism industry known as Blue Tourism. Blue Tourism reflects sustainable practices that are similar to those of Green Tourism and ecotourism as they pertain specifically to maritime, coastal, and river estuary locations. Upon deciding to implement Blue Economy and Blue Tourism practices, in 2018 the island of Bonaire, part of the Netherlands Caribbean, became the world’s first, and for now only, official Blue Destination. This poster presents a discussion of the theoretical and practical implications of the Blue Destination label in the island of Bonaire.

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