4. Strengthening cultural identity: Strategic planning for sustainable tourism often includes the promotion of local culture and the involvement of communities in tourism development. This can contribute to the preservation of cultural traditions and strengthen the identity of a region.
5. Reducing congestion and negative impacts: Proper sustainable tourism planning can help to avoid saturation of destinations and better distribute visitor flows, thereby reducing congestion and minimising negative impacts on infrastructure and the natural environment.
6. Attracting investment and financing: Sustainable tourism projects are often more attractive to investors and financiers, as they are considered less risky in the long term. In addition, sustainable development programmes can access additional funds and resources from international and governmental organisations.
7. Compliance with international regulations and standards: Many countries and tourism destinations are subject to international regulations and standards regarding sustainability. Strategic planning for sustainable tourism helps to comply with these requirements, avoiding sanctions and improving the destination's image globally.
In summary, strategic planning for sustainable tourism is essential to ensure that tourism is a positive force for local communities, the environment and the economy in the long term. It also promotes a more ethical and responsible approach to the tourism industry, which is essential in a world increasingly aware of environmental and social issues.
Author: Prof. Lic. Mgter. María Celeste Bustos
Independent Researcher, Argentina.