Since the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio (1992), international tourism development efforts at local, regional and national levels have focused on tourism as a means to sustainable development. Tourism is seen as an instrument in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), geared towards reducing poverty, fostering sustainable development, and enhancing the resilience of at-risk communities around the world. Increasing destination resilience requires innovation on many levels, and this course analyzes ways in which government, business, and “third sector” organizations may implement sustainable tourism to address an array of international issues and to minimize related vulnerabilities. Instruments for sustainable tourism development are examined and discussed in case studies (international, national, regional and local).
This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Historical Perspectives (Category 3D).
Kathie Mattor, Ph.D., is an Instructor and Research Scientist in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department at Colorado State University. She teaches natural resource policy courses in-person at the Fort Collins campus and on-line through the Masters in Natural Resource Stewardship Program.
Kathie’s research program focuses on the evaluation of forest policies and programs promoting resilient forests and communities, the communication and implementation of science, and the role of collaboration and community-based forestry programs in sustainable forest management and community resilience.