The Limits to Growth, Responsibility and Overtourism
Harold Goodwin International Centre for Responsible Tourism
The first major UN conference on man and the environment took place in 1972, the same year that the Club of Rome produced Limits to Growth. Over the last 45 years, there has been much talk of sustainability but little implementation. Sustainable has become a fig leaf. Overtourism is the result, the antithesis of Responsible Tourism. The economic, social; and environmental challenges grow faster than we have been able to mitigate them. We are presently losing the battle, we need to change gear and take responsibility. What progress has been made? What are the most significant challenges for the next ten years? What is the research agenda which would support progress in making tourism more sustainable?