Tourism can provide employment and improve the economy of a region or country. However, the consequences of mass tourism can be counterproductive. Jobs are often seasonal (based on the time of year) and precarious; Most revenue goes out of the area to big companies, not locals; and it can damage the environment.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This project is a continuation of the Fair and Carbon Free Tourism transnational collaboration that started in 2020. In this second year of the project, we aim to identify and create new conditions for collective action against the detrimental affects of tourism. We tend to underestimate the social and environmental impact of tourism-induced economic activities. While social impacts are gaining consideration in some of the tourist hubs of the project partners’ countries, for instance, in Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Salzburg, or Ohrid, environmental repercussions are often missing.
This year we will maximise our efforts to build a European transnational community interest to transform tourism and steering it towards a reduction in carbon intensity. We’ll also tackle the social dimension of this sector as tourism continues to generate great inequalities.
Fair and Carbon Free Tourism II will entail:
- Study trips to various tourism hubs. We aim to start conversations with local activists, stakeholders, and politicians about the impact of tourism on their communities and explore ideas to achieve more sustainable and fair models.
- A policy paper that lays out our key challenges in the transition towards a sustainable tourism model. Building on desk research, previous events, and study trips, the paper will highlight suggestions to make the tourism sector truly transformational.
- Local events in partner countries. Sharing fundamental lessons from the policy paper and encouraging further participation and debate among all affected stakeholders.
Watch this space for future events.