Sustainable Tourism Planning

This specialization course aims to develop your understanding of the relationship between tourism and the environment. You will explore the impacts of tourism on the environment and the effects of environmental quality on tourism and leisure activities. Understanding this interrelationship is crucial for tourism policy, tourism development and sustainable development policy.  Tourism, probably more than any other human activity, depends on environmental quality (natural resources and ecosystems) in many respects. Tourism however, has often significant negative impacts on the natural environment which in the end affect tourism itself. These impacts have also social, cultural and economic dimensions. So in tourism management the relationship of tourism and the environment should be sought in a context of sustainable development.