Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet: Environmental, Business and Policy Solutions

A comprehensive new book on sustainable tourism management, by Megan Epler Wood.  Published by Earthscan Press, Routledge, it is available worldwide in paperback, hard cover, and ebook form. This book is being timed for release to help guide the Post-Paris COP 21 dialog on measuring tourism impacts and the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. It is available by clicking here. Institutions can contact EplerWood International to offer this book for 20% off to members and for right to undertake foreign translations.

This book helps all those involved in international tourism develop the new skills, tools and investments required to protect irreplaceable global resources from the impacts of escalating tourism demand over the next 50 years. It documents how technology and the growing global middle class are driving a travel revolution which requires a new paradigm in managing tourism destinations.

Travel and tourism supply chains and business models for hotels, tour operators, cruise lines, airlines and airports are analysed and environmental management techniques are proposed for each sector. A pragmatic set of solutions are offered to support the transition to lower impact tourism development worldwide.

This book serves as an academic text book, and offers approachable reading on lessons learned and new approaches for policy makers, business people, and environmental analysts alike. For more information contact: 

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development


About the Author: 

Megan Epler Wood founded The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) in 1990, the first NGO in the world dedicated to the development of tourism as a sustainable development tool. She was its CEO from 1990-2002 leading an international effort to define, manage, and guide the development of ecotourism development with businesses, communities, governments, and international organizations. She won the Lifetime Achievement Award from TIES in 2013 for her work as a pioneer in sustainable tourism.

Since 2003, she has led the international consulting practice EplerWood International fostering sustainable tourism development in Africa, Asia and Latin America working for USAID, the World Bank group and the Inter-American Development Bank. She was the Executive Director of the Planeterra Foundation, of G Adventures, from 2010-2012 where she designed the foundation’s collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank.

In 2014, Epler Wood was named the Director of the new International Sustainable Tourism Initiative at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health which is launching an international technical assistance and research program in collaboration with other Harvard schools to address the global sustainability consequences of rapid tourism growth worldwide.

Epler Wood is a Senior Associate at the Cornell Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise in the Samuel Curtis Johnson School of Management leading research on the management of tourism for sustainability at the micro, small and medium enterprise levels in collaboration with other Cornell schools.

She is a lead instructor at Harvard Extension School where she teaches in a global digital classroom at the graduate school of Sustainability and Environmental Management. 

Read more about Epler Wood's motivations in writing this book by clicking here