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Rutgers Model United Nations 15 tourism should also maintain a high level of tourist satisfaction and ensure a meaningful experience to the tourists, raising their awareness about sustainability issues and promoting sustainable tourism practices amongst them.” 31 The travel and tourism market has a strong potential in numerous areas of the world but it is constantly threatened by the damage that it can place upon natural endowments and a regions historical and cultural heritage. Any solutions to implementing sustainable tourism practices into reality must carefully strike and equitable balance between building third world economies, introducing new tourism development and preserving social and environmental factors. 32 31 32 Sustainable Tourism Overview www.villagehomestays.com/sustainable.htm Inter-American Development Bank, “General Overview of Sustainable Tourism” http://www.iadb.org/sds/ENV/publication/gen_5812_3778_e.htm
Rutgers Model United Nations 16 Conclusion The future of tourism depends on learning from the mistakes of the past in order to provide for both today’s generation and the generations to come. Throughout the history of sustainable tourism development, a constant underlying thread has been the promotion of a preemptive, proactive stance. Finding solutions to sustaining the environment that tourism relies on will not be an easy feat. Instead, it will take hard work by all parties involved in order to find concrete, viable solutions. It is imperative that the solutions found not only address the problem for today’s world but also for the world that will be left when this generation is gone. Prominent tourist’s areas today, such as the snowcaps on Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, are disappearing rapidly as is the biodiversity of life on earth. It is important to remember that solutions must address political, social, economic, and environmental issues in order to fully sustain this industry.