â€œThe first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces or at least not try to defy themâ€.
Sustainable development is the kind of development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The three main pillars of sustainable development include economic growth, environmental protection, and social equality. Sustainable Development is a â€œdevise that implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and productsâ€. Sustainable tourism can produce the same profits as conventional tourism, with the difference that more of these profits stay with the local community. Besides, it helps to protect a region's natural resources and culture. Sustainable tourism is about refocusing and re-adapting. A balance must be found between limits and usage so that continuous changing, monitoring and planning ensure that tourism can be managed. This requires thinking long-term and realizing that change is often cumulative, gradual and irreversible. Economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable development must include the interests of all stakeholders including indigenous people, local communities, visitors, industry and government.
Sustainability has become an important topic and concept in relation to tourism planning and development. For sustainable tourism development to be successful, stakeholders must be involved in the process. Contemporary tourism planning recognizes that an integrated and sustainable development approach includes the participation of local communities and residents. Success depends on community level capacity for innovation and leadership which are important variables for the creation and implementation of new ideas as part of the development process.
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