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  • Community Sense of Place Community Sense of Place Tourism Impacts and Second Home Development: A Sustainable Approach
  • Climate, Weather, and Tourism Climate, Weather, and Tourism Tourism destinations and their individual tourism businesses are all vying for tourists at their respective locations.
  • Engagement and Community Engagement and Community In partnership with the Office of Engagement, Innovation, and Economic Development.
  • Rural Tourism Rural Tourism Sustaining rural America is one of today's pressing issues.
  • RESET RESET Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism
  • US Travel Care Code US Travel Care Code The United States Travel Care Code has been developed and is managed by the Center for Sustainable Tourism.
  • RETI RETI The Renewable Energy in Tourism Initiative
  • Tourism and Entrepreneurship Tourism and Entrepreneurship Developing the local tourism industry as part of an economic development strategy.

Mission, Vision Statement, Organizing Principles and Project Criteria

Our Mission

  • To advance the state of academic research and analysis that advocate sustainable practices in the travel and tourism industry.
  • To communicate these results to businesses, government planners, destinations, and communities throughout North Carolina, the nation, and globally to influence public policy and business decisions.
  • To help university students understand the broader sustainability issues challenging the travel and tourism industry, train them for careers in sustainable tourism business management, and help them secure internships and jobs in the industry.

Vision Statement

The Center for Sustainable Tourism embodies innovation in graduate education, leadership development, community consultation, and collaborative research. Devoted to implementing sustainable practices in business operations, public policies, and personal travel behaviors, the Center offers solutions to challenges facing the tourism industry and destination communities as they balance economic viability with socio-cultural and environmental enhancement and equity.

Organizing Principles

The Center for Sustainable Tourism emphasizes analyses of tourism's net impact on economic, natural, and social issues. Research at the Center utilizes the concepts of financial, environmental, and social accounting to quantify the impacts, ascertain potential tradeoffs, and identify synergy among these dimensions of sustainable tourism. While many opportunities exist to promote economic, environmental, and social objectives simultaneously, it is also often necessary to make choices between them, especially in the short term. As planning horizons lengthen, protecting and enhancing the environment and socio-cultural objectives become more important in sustaining economic growth. Over time these three dimensions of sustainability, often referred to as the "Triple Bottom Line," reinforce each other by creating long-term approaches that simultaneously promote better jobs, higher profits, better natural environments, and stronger social/cultural dimensions.

Project Criteria

All projects and programs should satisfy four inter-related criteria in order to increase the relevance of the Centers research efforts.

  • They should contribute to developing, testing, and refining analytical models and research tools to better explain the benefits and costs of travel and tourism in terms of net impacts on financial, environmental, and social capital formation.

  • They should add to a collection of local, national, and international tourism data sources, case studies, best practices, and other information to ensure that the academic and business research is based on solid and up-to-date information.

  • They should encourage collaboration within and outside the university to develop innovative means (electronic newsletters, on-line forums, simulation, and visualization technologies, etc.) to help students, businesses, decision-makers and the general public to better understand tourism's sustainability issues.

  • They should create interesting learning opportunities for students.

Sustainable Tourism | Mission and Vision

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