Tourism Impact Services
Helping Outdoor Destinations Thrive
Outdoor destinations around the country are reimaging the purpose of tourism and adopting a destination stewardship ethos which can be a transformational model. These destinations are convening diverse groups, connecting the dots of their community ecosystem, and identifying common goals. The end result is a collaborative community vision with validated strategies for managing how tourism intersects public lands, community services, destination infrastructure, and quality of life.
If sustainable tourism is about balance, regenerative tourism is about net positive outcomes. Both are vital to an outdoor destination wanting to place environmental conservation, cultural heritage, social equity, and localized profitability at the forefront of its visitor economy. Internationally recognized standards can help tourism businesses and destinations evaluate their current performance across a wide variety of themes and define a roadmap for improved impacts over time.
Outdoor recreation is big business in the USA contributing $862 BILLION to the GDP (1.9%) and supporting 4.5 MILLION jobs. Outdoor recreation is also a key driver for land conservation and economic opportunities for gateway and rural communities. Developing trails and recreation assets can have a significant positive impact by encouraging a healthy lifestyle, improving quality of life, and attracting new businesses and those searching out a work/play lifestyle. Good visitor management practices are a must.