Presentation Title

Implementing Sustainability in Rural Tourism As a Way to Minimize the Negative Impacts of Commodifying Landscapes

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented Friday March 31, 2017

Abstract

Rural development often takes the form of tourism. The commodification of landscapes in rural tourism can result in negative social and environmental impacts, e.g., erosion, noise, and pollution. Geographers call this phenomenon “creative destruction.” This poster focuses on the implementation of sustainability in rural tourism as a way to counter these negative impacts. Based on a literature review, I highlight the negative impacts of commodifying landscapes in mainstream rural tourism. I then demonstrate how implementing aspects of sustainability into rural tourism can reduce these negative impacts. Case study examples are from Spain, Malaysia, and Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. The Spanish study highlights the importance of tourism loyalty in economically sustainable tourism. The Malaysian research demonstrates that community involvement in tourism planning results in increased social sustainability. Finally, the Wells Gray Park study highlights how environmental sustainability can be increased by improving waste disposal to reduce the possibility of soil and water pollution. The main conclusion from this review is that sustainable rural development and rural tourism are complementary, and that commodifying landscapes does not have to result in creative destruction if sustainability is embraced.

Department

Geography and Environmental Studies

Faculty Advisor

Tom Waldichuk

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Implementing Sustainability in Rural Tourism As a Way to Minimize the Negative Impacts of Commodifying Landscapes

Rural development often takes the form of tourism. The commodification of landscapes in rural tourism can result in negative social and environmental impacts, e.g., erosion, noise, and pollution. Geographers call this phenomenon “creative destruction.” This poster focuses on the implementation of sustainability in rural tourism as a way to counter these negative impacts. Based on a literature review, I highlight the negative impacts of commodifying landscapes in mainstream rural tourism. I then demonstrate how implementing aspects of sustainability into rural tourism can reduce these negative impacts. Case study examples are from Spain, Malaysia, and Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. The Spanish study highlights the importance of tourism loyalty in economically sustainable tourism. The Malaysian research demonstrates that community involvement in tourism planning results in increased social sustainability. Finally, the Wells Gray Park study highlights how environmental sustainability can be increased by improving waste disposal to reduce the possibility of soil and water pollution. The main conclusion from this review is that sustainable rural development and rural tourism are complementary, and that commodifying landscapes does not have to result in creative destruction if sustainability is embraced.