As the largest economic sector in the world, with a contribution of 10.3 % to the global gross domestic product according to the UN World Tourism Organization, tourism is increasingly called on by the media and activist groups to provide socially responsible answers to a wide and diverse array of problems. This paper addresses the need for change management in the travel and tourism sector, in the policy context of the UN Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). The paper provides a mapping of the key issues confronting the research agenda with respect to the MDGs applicability and implementation in the travel and tourism sector. A two-tier classification of the relevance of the MDGs to tourism is proposed, including: a) MDGs directly related to tourism development, and b) MDGs indirectly linked to tourism but related to social impacts of globalization in tourism. It is argued that in order to effectively respond to the complex and extensive scope of the MDGs in tourism, the sector has to adopt a new business ethics, and the emergence of the CSR paradigm is a welcome development in this regard.
|Keywords:||Sustainable Tourism, Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics, Innovation|
Research Associate, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University, Sweden
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