Gonzalo Alberto Pérez
CEO, Grupo SURA
Supporting the collaborative intent for a tourism destination, the Destination Management (or Tourism) Plan provides the vision and action for delivering the future of tourism. A Destination Management Plan supports the leadership, coordination and management of all aspects that form the destination experience.
Through stakeholder engagement and consultation, the EarthCheck team will work with the destination to develop a specific, relevant and unique plan that encompasses the aspirations and goals of the destination.
Typically, the team will work through three phases – where are we now, where do we want to be and how are we going to get there
Where are we now – A situational analysis exploring the current destination positioning, market, visitor numbers and a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis of the destination.
Where do we want to be – Through stakeholder engagement sessions and/or surveys, a visioning session will be conducted to understand the aspirations of the destination and key priorities.
How do we get there – A detailed action plan will provide a pathway to success.
A Destination Management Plan provides direction for all stakeholders, targeted investment opportunities and a point of reference to drive buy-in across tourism operators and communities.
Considering environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts as part of the Destination Management Plan ensures that the future of the destination maximises benefits to community and the environment, and minimises the negative impacts of tourism growth.
Gonzalo Alberto Pérez
CEO, Grupo SURA
There are more than 476 million Indigenous Peoples, found in all regions of the world, from the Arctic to the tropical forests. They make up more than 6 per cent of our global population.
In the spirit of reconciliation, EarthCheck acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout the world and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Indigenous Peoples today.
EarthCheck acknowledges that Indigenous Peoples are guardians of the forests and biodiversity hotspots we all depend on. Research shows that lands managed by Indigenous Peoples, with secure rights, experience lower deforestation rates, store more carbon, hold more biodiversity, and benefit more people than other lands — including protected areas.
We recognise and support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration is a positive document that maps out a path for Indigenous Peoples to be free from discrimination and secure in their identities and life choices.
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