Sustainable Development Goals and Tourism

Global Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainability Development Goals will be the focus of a one-day Global Tourism Management student symposium on campus October 15, including keynotes by Guy Dauncey and Dr. Eugene Thomlinson.

Symposium topic: 

Creating a more sustainable industry environmentally, culturally and socially.

The symposium will explore:

  • How can tourism and hospitality be more environmentally sustainable?
  • Sustainable tourism with a socio-cultural lens
  • How does tourism impact a developing nation?
  • How can tourism be a force for good in developing nations?

Morning keynote addresses 9 to 11:50 am in Sherman Jen 114 / Afternoon Plenary sessions 1 to 4 pm in LIC breakout rooms

9 to 9:30 am: Catherine Evans will present an overview of the day, introduce current news on the Sustainable Development Goals, and provide opportunities for the tourism & hospitality industry charting a course forward. 


9:40 to 10:30 am: Dr. Eugene Thomlinson will discuss his decades of academic work on ecotourism, and his current research on facilitating favourable guest/host exchanges.

10:50 to 11:50 am: Guy Dauncey of Earth Future discusses The Joyful Imperative.

When the climate crisis, the ecological crisis, the inequality crisis and a whole lot more all stare you in the face, saying “Bite me!”, how can you respond? There’s only one rational response: locate the solutions, and get to work. Transform business. Transform tourism. Transform trade. Transform the economy. Guy Dauncey, an ecofuturist works to develop a positive vision of a sustainable future, and to translate that vision into action.

Students from the 4th year Global Tourism Management Degree will lead and participate in the Plenary sessions in the afternoon. The discussions will focus on creating a more sustainable industry. They will be joined by April Ingham from the Pacific People’s Partnership and two Youth leaders representing the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC).

Here are a few of the workshop topics:

  • North-South Indigenous knowledge exchanges with the Pacific Peoples Partnership 
  • Global Youth making a difference (BCCIC)
  • Exploring the pros and cons to developing nations using "pro-poor tourism"
  • Success stories and pitfalls from ten years of the UNWTO ST-EP initiative in Africa
  • the role of "community-based enterprises" in creating beneficial tourism experiences for guests and hosts
  • How to encourage individual commitment to low-impact travel
  • Beyond Human-centered sustainability: Exploring a ‘Council for all beings’

Limited space is still available. If you are intersted in attending, please contact Catherine Evans.