News that the Caribbean could have lost up to 80% of its coral reef over recent decades comes as no big surprise to Louise Armstrong. Five years ago, she sat down with leaders in the tourism industry and mapped out the sustainability challenges ahead. The subsequent Tourism 2023 report made for a long list.
"There's everything from the impacts of climate change…to the availability of resources and the cost of travel in the future," notes Armstrong, a senior sustainability adviser for UK environment non-profit organisation Forum for the Future.
As the travelling public, we've grown accustomed to hopping on a plane for our week or two in the sun. But can our planet cope with everyone heading overseas for their hols? And if so, can we realistically expect water-hungry golf courses or group treks into areas of sensitive biodiversity when we get there?
Read on: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/sustainable-tourism-gains-traction