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by Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise (CSGE)


Thu, 12 Mar 2020

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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This webinar uncovers the ‘invisible burden’ of tourism to address the root causes of why some destinations are struggling to cope with tourism growth, and what can be done to ensure Caribbean destinations can thrive in the long term. It is aimed at destination management and sustainable tourism professionals from academic, public and private sectors across the Caribbean region seeking better ways to protect and manage vital destination assets.
Amid increasing concern about overtourism, extreme weather events, and balancing the needs of visitors with those of residents, we will present a ground-breaking report Destinations at Risk: The Invisible Burden of Tourism from the Travel Foundation, EplerWood International and the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University. The report describes how destinations must uncover and account for tourism’s hidden costs to protect and manage vital destination assets worldwide. With a focus on the Caribbean context, and drawing on relevant examples, we will outline the solutions needed to manage the underlying costs of tourism on local society and infrastructure.
We will also examine Guyana in some detail, to demonstrate how a holistic approach and widening your definition of the value that tourism brings, and the impacts it has on communities and the environment, can deliver shared benefits - and international recognition!
• Megan Epler Wood, Managing Director, Sustainable Tourism Asset Management Program at Cornell University; Owner and Principal of EplerWood International
• Dr. Mark Milstein, Clinical Professor of Management at Cornell University
• Brian T. Mullis, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority
• Jeremy Sampson, Chief Executive of the Travel Foundation (Moderator)
• Sharon Banfield-Bovell, Director of Resource Mobilization and Development, Caribbean Tourism Organization (Host)

Mar 12, 2020 11:00 AM – 12.30 PM in Atlantic Time (Canada)

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