The coronavirus pandemic is marking the world in a myriad of ways, leaving lasting impacts. International tourism has come to a halt; destinations previously experiencing growing trends are now seeing these trends reversed; economic loss is widespread. Now, more than ever, is a time to rethink and reinvent the business of tourism.
What if destinations re-emerged embracing the concept of sustainable tourism? What if positive environmental outcomes were valued equally, or more important than, economic ones? What if local communities play an integral role in tourism?
The Sustainable Tourism Around Marine Protected Areas – A Practical Guidebook for Implementation in Indonesia – is born with the desire to reshape the current status quo of tourism in Indonesia and enable a transformation towards a more sustainable future. Destinations and tourism services that embrace environmental, social and economic outcomes need not to be in our imaginations, or in locations that are often inaccessible to most tourists.
Sustainable Tourism Around Marine Protected Areas brings technical knowledge in an accessible form to support accommodation providers, dive centers, tour operators and communities operating tourism services in this transformation. It is a tool to empower decision-makers at all levels with practical actions to create immediate and lasting change that will safeguard Indonesia’s remaining pristine marine habitats. Most importantly, it aims to make this knowledge wide spread, reaching operators in Marine Protected Areas across the archipelago and giving them the chance to position themselves at the center of Indonesia’s sustainable tourism transformation.
What happens next, and the legacy to the generation in the post-pandemic world, is up to all of us engaged in this sustainable tourism transformation.