The World Bank Group has recently published Part One of a ‘Tourism Concessioning Toolkit in Protected Areas’, authored by Anna Spenceley, Hermione Nevill, Carla Faustiano Coelho and Michelle Souto.
The work was led by the World Bank Group’s Tourism and Competitiveness Global Practice, and the International Finance Corporation’s Public-Private Partnership Transaction Advisory Department (C3P), drawing from experience in Mozambique, South Africa, and other parts of the world. This document sets out the stage and core principles to be taken into consideration when designing concessioning programs.
- Governments and Protected Areas Authorities are under increasing pressure to preserve the beauty and biodiversity of their beaches, parks, and pristine natural sites, while also growing tourism activity.
- Tourism concessioning is one solution. Delivering successful tourism concessioning programs, however, is challenging and depends on the right mix of characteristics, technical expertise, and institutional experience.
- The World Bank Group presents 14 key characteristics displayed in most successful tourism concessioning programs.
The document is currently available from several sites, using the links below:
How to find, book and get the most from your holiday
Why Travel Responsibly?
Travelling responsibly can provide a richer holiday experience. It means that you’re not just passing by, but are actively contributing to the places you visit and the people who live there.
What is the book about?
The Responsible Tourist gives you the tools you need to make an informed decision about your holiday. The book describes how to find a responsible destination, how to find and use online booking platforms that promote sustainable holidays, and how to find and book directly with a responsible hotel or tour operator.
How do I get the book?
The Responsible Tourist is available to buy now as an e-book from Amazon Kindle, for USD 0.99 (or the equivalent value in your local currency). It is available free to members of Amazon Prime, and Kindle Unlimited. The e-book is compatible with Kindle Fire devices, and Free Kindle Tablets. Click here for the Amazon link
The book is also available in pdf format for researchers at the following sites:
The book is an initiative contributing to the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Program, and has been reviewed by members of the IUCN Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, and the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
About the authors
Dr Anna Spenceley is an international tourism expert and consultant with 20 years experience sustainable tourism. Anna is Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group), a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s Destination Working Group. Her profile is included in Who’s Who in the World.
Andrew Rylance is an economic development specialist focusing on tourism in rural areas and natural resource economics. He has worked throughout Africa for organisations such as the United Nations, World Bank, European Union, German International Cooperation (GIZ) and SNV. He is currently a Senior Project Advisor with the United Nations Development Programme supporting sustainable financing of protected areas in Mozambique. He is also a member of the IUCN WCPA TAPAS Group.
Links to recordings for the twin IUCN Panorama tourism and protected areas webinars are now available!
Anna is currently in Tanzania on an assignment with the USAID PROTECT program to review of economic valuation studies and value chain analyses of wildlife based tourism in Tanzania. Together with Damian Bell of the Honeyguide Foundation, the initiative will study the flows of revenues between tourism operators at two Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs are community conservation areas) and local entrepreneurs and enterprises.
Anna will also participate in the WMA Investors Meeting in Arusha on 15 March 2016, and make a presentation on ‘Community conserved areas and investment issues.’
Anna was invited to facilitate the Sustainability Workshop of Wilderness Safaris, in Johannesburg during March 2016. Discussions included a review of progress from the previous year in line with their Integrated Annual Report, and also how to improve sustainability achievements on the ground.
Photograph (c) Wilderness Safaris