Zero Hunger

2020 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Pinar Gökçin Özuyar, Tony Wall

Smart Destinations: Harnessing Technology to Promote Transformation and Sustainability Through Ecotourism in Emerging Market Communities

  • David LansdaleEmail author
  • Kléber P. Castro Pacheco
  • Cecilia Guerrero
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In 2017, the UN World Tourism Organization challenged the tourism industry to address the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified and adopted by the United Nations as priorities for quality of life on the planet. This entry addresses the opportunity that technology provides to achieve the UNWTO challenge, both through the creation of infrastructure and collaboration provided by the Internet of Things but more specifically, by investing in both quality of life and quality of experiences in communities. This includes creating a context and a model where tourists as visitors partner with locals as hosts to become stewards of a destination. The focus is Ecuador, the most biodiverse country on the planet, as an example of an emerging market destination with great potential. The European experience is considered and adapted to the local Ecuadorian reality, in a model where tourists and locals collaborate and invest to promote smart communities and, eventually, Smart...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Lansdale
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kléber P. Castro Pacheco
    • 2
  • Cecilia Guerrero
    • 3
  1. 1.Beyond Chacay FoundationQuitoEcuador
  2. 2.Boricua CollegeNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Regis UniversityDenver, COUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Tony Wall
    • 1
  1. 1.International Centre for ThrivingUniversity of ChesterChesterUK