Find out what the people are saying about Megan Epler Wood's Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet: Environmental, Business and Policy Solutions.


Good read about overtourism, even for the layman

"Fantastic look at the different tourist industries and the dire sustainability issues that arise with poor city planning and low regulatory ability. Shocking examples of beautiful areas destroyed by overtourism. Good read."—Katya K.

"Sustainability Tourism on a Finite Planet" shifts the accepted paradigm for the better.

"This is one of the most insightful books I've ever read. If you are interested in the tourism industry or sustainability, you should read it. Megan Epler Wood breaks down each sub-sector methodically and uses quantitative methods to suggest policy changes related to the tourism industry. 'Sustainability Tourism on a Finite Planet' shifts the accepted paradigm for the better."—Tanner K.

A good compromise between academic knowledge and hands on approach

"Interesting case studies, very informative insights. A good compromise between academic knowledge and hands on approach."—Elena T.

This book is engaging and easy to follow

"This book is engaging and easy to follow. It moves through each large sector of the tourism industry, illustrating potential threats and solutions. It's obvious this author has both a wealth of knowledge and a plethora of firsthand experience - it would make a great text book for a class on the subject, or a great introduction for those who are simply interested in the topic."—Jaime



Responsible Travel"The great strength of her book, which she is uniquely placed to write, is to give the reader a framework for how this [systemic change] might be done—and to make it real and credible through case histories." —Justin Francis, Responsible Travel. Read the full Q&A here.


TravelMole"In Megan's book - 'Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet' - she meticulously, sets out where we are and her suggestions for our future together with dozens of case studies - lessons good and bad. Of course Megan, as a leading academic sustainability professional, comes up with very sustainable solutions - in her view destination management needs a complete rethink, international law needs to be adapted to control mega cruise ships, there needs to be more training in tourism, amongst other innovations."—Valere Tjolle, CEO of TourismVision Ltd., Publisher & Editor of VISION on Sustainable Tourism, Sustainable Tourism Editor of TravelMole, Principle of Totem Tourism. Read the full review here. 

"If you were elected to public office and suddenly installed as head of the tourism ministry without previous professional experience of the travel sector (it does happen) and only a vague idea of sustainability, then this densely written book can be your crash course on how the tourism sector works and what exactly it would take—and how difficult it really is—to make it sustainable. But it is an equally useful and thought-provoking work for seasoned and aspiring tourism sustainability professionals, as it includes detailed praise and criticism of a wide range of stakeholders trying, some harder than others, to make tourism greener."—Antonis Petropoulos, Founder & Editor of

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HM Design

"This book is a must read for Tourism Physical Planners, Landscape Architects, Architects, Developers and Govt. officials in the Ministries of Tourism and Environment. It provides valuable information on this inevitably fast- growing segment of the Tourism Industry."—Hitesh Mehta, FASLA FAAK RIBA Associate AIA, President, HM Design



"Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet is valuable research for students, academic and practitioners, who want an easy-to-read, but comprehensive current snapshot of the status of sustainable tourism globally."—Dr. Anna Spenceley, Chair, IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group



"This book will give you a comprehensive and deep understanding of all the multiple actors in the international tourism industry and their environmental impacts and challenges, along with economic, political, and cultural dimensions. The comprehensive analyses of each segment of the industry - tour operators, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and the emerging online tourism entrants - lay out quantitatively and qualitatively the business models, competitive dynamics, policy, and environmental aspects. A comprehensive, penetrating, and highly readable analysis of the challenges and possible solutions for achieving environmental sustainability. Read this and become instantly knowledgeable."James E. Austin, Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, Co-Founder, Social Enterprise Initiative, Harvard Business School


"Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet is both comprehensive and provocative. A must-read for anyone interested in the present and future state of travel and tourism in the face of global climate change, poverty, and ecosystem degradation. Grounded in decades of leadership and experience, Epler Wood methodically presents the comprehensive social, environmental, and financial impacts of what has become one of the most important economic engines of the global economy and introduces new business models and approaches to move us beyond overconsumption of limited tourism assets." —Mark B. Milstein, Ph.D., Director, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University


"Epler Wood's book carefully documents why travel and tourism plays a critical role in preserving natural and social capital and its seminal importance to human health, well-being, and compassion in this multicultural world. With equal emphasis, it outlines the importance of replicable measurements of the industry's cumulative impacts, with in-depth analysis of each sector's major industrial sectors - hotels, tour operators, cruise lines, airlines, and airports. Read this book to learn how to approach this global industry."John D. Spengler, Ph.D., Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


"How will we protect destinations with projected global population growth and an increase in the demand for travel? Epler Wood lays out an integrated vision for sustainable tourism that effectively addresses the relationship between traveler consumption patterns and their impact on natural resources. For corporate social responsibility and tourism destination managers alike, this book offers indispensable real-world case studies and provides a vision for a pragmatic way forward."—Seleni Matus, Executive Director, International Institute of Tourism Studies, The George Washington University