A Research Agenda for Sustainable Tourism
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A Research Agenda for Sustainable Tourism

Edited by Stephen F. McCool and Keith Bosak

Exploring tourism in an increasingly valuable landscape, this forward-looking book examines the importance of the sustainability of global travel. Leading authors in the field outline the major trajectories for research helpful in developing a sustainable and environmentally-minded industry.
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Chapter 8: The contribution of tourism to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Anna Spenceley and Andrew Rylance


2017 was the UN Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, as recognition of tourism’s capacity to contribute to sustainable development. Coupled with the 17 Global Goals for the year 2030, tourism is seen a major tool in accomplishing these targets (e.g., no poverty, good health and well-being, quality education). But how can tourism contribute to these goals, and what actions within the tourism sector or stimulated by tourism activity can contribute to attaining development goals? How effective is tourism in poverty reduction, and what about other goals, such as quality education, or reducing disease? And where achievements are being made, how do we collate this information so that nations can report on tourism’s contribution? This chapter systematically reviews the SDGs and describes tourism’s influence, with particular reference to examples from Africa.

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