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 can have a significant positive impact on physical health, mental well-being, environmental consciousness, community building, and a sustainable visitor and outdoor economy. When developing trails and outdoor recreation assets, planners must ensure these assets are inclusive and readily available for EVERYONE of all abilities. Once developed, effective visitor communications and land stewardship activities are crucial to sustaining these assets.