Polar Tourism: Ethical Issues
Tourism activity in the polar regions has garnered considerable research and government interest (Stewart et al. 2017). Though tourism numbers are small compared to mainstream destinations, the stakes in polar tourism are high given the pressures exerted by industry growth in combination with environmental sensitivities and global influences including climate change and resource development. The Arctic and the Antarctic share some similarities, but the differences are significant in respect of tourism development and potential. Nonetheless, the ethics of polar tourism for both regions fall under the broad concerns of sustainable tourism and ecotourism, reflecting ethical questions around behavior of the industry and tourists, impacts on the environment and people, and the extent of local involvement, with a view to developing tourism that is sustainable and appropriate.
Toward Sustainable Tourism Through Ethics
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