A research project into the ways in which owners and stewards of National Trust properties around the world can ensure that tourism at their sites is conducted in a way that is environmentally, economically and culturally sustainable. The research will serve as the foundation for an in-depth series of sessions at the INTO conference in 2021 about what National Trusts around the world can do to support and expand sustainable tourism initiatives
Heritage tourism is an important cultural and economic activity for virtually all INTO member organisations. Visitors provide an opportunity for education around the cultural values of the sites. As well as an important source of employment in the communities where INTO’s members work. Heritage travel is increasing. But with environmental and social challenges, which are now coupled with the global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel and the economy. INTO conference in 2021 will provide lessons from our members and others in proposing pathways toward sustainable tourism in the new normal.
Photo credits: Saint Lucia National Trust, Fundacio Cataluyn, Petra National Trust, Mehrangarh Museum Trust