Guiding Principle #3:
Collaborative Destination Management
Seek to develop all tourism through a collaborative management structure with equal participation by government, the private sector and civil society organizations that represent diversity in communities.
Without holistic management that includes equal participation and representation from the private and public sector in the decision making process, difficulties can easily arise, and have - overtourism, neighborhood disruption, cultural degradation, exclusion, exploitation, and various environmental problems. Well-managed tourism can enrich communities, improve public education, help sustain natural habitats, and revitalize elements of cultural heritage.
A real-life example: St. Kitts has formed the Sustainable Destination Council, a multi-stakeholder advisory body to the Ministry of Tourism that oversees the sustainable development and management of tourism on the island.
The questions we should ask to further achieve this principle:
Who is involved in tourism planning and management decisions? Are individuals and entities both within and outside of the tourism industry engaged? Are minority groups represented and do they have an equal voice?
Is tourism meeting the needs of residents? If not, why?
Is there a centralized entity that ensures sustainable tourism efforts are coordinated across government agencies, sectors, community groups, etc.?