THEMATIC REVIEW #4: ADDRESSING THE COMPLEXITY OF THE TOURISM SECTOR

The fourth thematic review of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community is now available. Learn more on how to address the complexity of the tourism sector, including local actors, decision-makers and consumers. Discover also some governance mechanisms to guide a wide variety of stakeholders towards a more sustainable and responsible tourism.

The development of long-term governance mechanisms contributes to a better coordination and monitoring of the tourism sector. It also contributes to further develop the interactions and synergies with other sectors in the Mediterranean region.
In this sense, it is of the utmost importance to tackle the lack of cooperation and common understanding among tourism actors. It is necessary to develop and implement collaborative partnerships at local and regional levels (public-private partnerships, multi stakeholders platforms). Some of the projects of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community have been working on such issues connected to governance and management approaches. Cases such as the #EnjoyRespectVenezia campaign and other similar sustainable tourism experiences could constitute food for thought and inspiration for our Community.
Other measures and strategies are providing the tourism sector in the Mediterranean to have a framework such as the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025. It contributes to boost a cooperative implementation of more sustainable tourism policies through integrated decision-making mechanisms and policy design processes, combining bottom-up and top-down approaches. Further strategies, such as the Tourism4SDGs, aim at a better understanding of the concept of “sustainable development” itself among tourism stakeholders, while allowing them to cooperate towards the sustainability of the tourism sector and the achievement of the SDGs.
You can access the full thematic review here