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No sustainability for tourism without gender equality

Alarc�n, Daniela Moreno; Cole, Stroma


Daniela Moreno Alarc�n

Stroma Cole
Occasional Associate Lecturer - FET GEM


This paper explores the interconnections between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and tourism from a gender perspective. It is the first paper to take a critical analysis of how SDG 5 relates to tourism, and how tourism and gender equality interconnects with the other SDGs. First, we analyse the recent gender sensitive sustainable development agenda in order to set out the challenges – both past and present – that any sector involved in sustainable development faces. We then explore the links between the SDGs and tourism development from a gender perspective. In the third part of the paper, based on the field experiences of the authors, we use the examples of SDG 6 (“clean water and sanitation”) and SDG 8 (“sustainable economic growth and decent work”) to highlight the interconnections between gender equality and the other SDGs. Finally, we suggest some tools to help tourism businesses improve their performance with respect to gender equality thereby enhancing their capacity to contribute towards the achievement of the SDGs. We argue that, without tackling gender equality in a meaningful and substantive way, tourism’s potential to contribute to the SDGs will be reduced and sustainable tourism will remain an elusive “pot of gold”.


Alarcón, D. M., & Cole, S. (2019). No sustainability for tourism without gender equality. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 27(7), 903-919.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 24, 2019
Online Publication Date Mar 25, 2019
Publication Date Jul 1, 2019
Deposit Date Mar 28, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 26, 2020
Journal Journal of Sustainable Tourism
Print ISSN 0966-9582
Electronic ISSN 1747-7646
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 7
Pages 903-919
Keywords tourism from a gender perspective, SDGs, SDG 5, human rights
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sustainable Tourism on 25th March 2019, available online:


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