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Seminar ‘Is there a willingness to pay for island sustainability’

  • Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
  • Time: 11.00 am - 12.00 pm
  • Location: McMaster Innovation Park
  • Address: 175 Longwood Road South (Google Maps)
  • Contact: L. Benedetti
  • Email: contact@inweh.unu.edu
  • Phone: +1 (905) 667-5511

This seminar is part of the seminar series ' Managing Coasts in a Changing World' organized by the Coastal Ecosystems programme of UNU-INWEH.

Speaker: Dr. Rachel Dodds, a dynamic, self starter with over 20 years international experience across a wide spectrum of the tourism industry. Rachel has worked with hotels, large and small tour operators, ecotourism planners, sustainable tourism management and marketing projects, international development banks, landscape and park planning firms, governments, NGO's, marketing organizations and hospitality and tourism attractions.

Rachel is currently the Director of Sustaining Tourism - a boutique consulting firm. She is also an Associate Professor at Ryerson University in Canada where she joined the Ted Rogers School of Tourism & Hospitality Management in 2006.

Introduction: A significant number of island destinations are dependent on tourism for their livelihood. Of the 31 countries in the world with more than 20% of their GDP generated by tourism, 27 are islands states, therefore it is imperative to manage these destinations for long-term viability and sustainability. This type of tourism is predominantly nature based, yet the impacts of such tourism on the natural environment and resources are intensive and often result in a significant environmental footprint. Numerous studies have found the need for more sustainable forms of tourism. This talk reviews the concept of sustainable coastal tourism and discusses issues on the island of Koh Phi Phi, Thailand after the Tsunami of 2004, and examines whether there is a willingness to pay or a more sustainable tourism destination.


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