|| Forging Links Between Protected Areas and the Tourism Sector: How Tourism Can Benefit Conservation
Many tourism companies include visits to protected areas, including World Heritage sites, as part of their tourism excursions. These visits could also benefit conservation and site protection, but this requires forging links between parks managers and the tourism industry.
This manual, based on interviews with tourism companies, provides practical guidance on better ways of understanding the tourism industry and on effective methods of developing links with tourism. It also details what can be realistically expected from the tourism industry in terms of support for conservation.
Developed as a contribution to the "Linking Conservation of Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism at World Heritage Sites" project, funded by the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and implemented in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and RARE, the manual builds on primary research on actual interactions and linkages between tourism companies and protected areas. In depth interviews were conducted with 23 tourism companies, including international tour operators, ground operators and hotel groups.