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Healthy cities and tourism: integrating healthy lifestyles and tourism practices

Rice, Louis

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Louis Rice Louis.Rice@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Architecture



Abstract

Tourism is transforming many societies, economies and cities. As tourism increases globally, to hitherto unprecedented numbers, there are corresponding transformations in the urban environments catering for tourist practices. However, there is a divergence between the factors driving tourism, sustainability and health. Climate change and human health are two of biggest challenges facing society and both are affected by tourism. The environmental impacts linked to tourism are well known and these impacts tend to be unsustainable for the planet; such that the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) now sets targets to promote sustainable tourist development. Simultaneously, tourism also tends towards unhealthy lifestyles and practices, which the UN is actively trying to promote via their ‘Healthy City’ (UNHC) programme. However there is a gap in knowledge between the policies of sustainable tourism and those of healthy cities. This research examines how to integrate ‘health’ into sustainable tourist development. The health paradigm is moving away from a medical model towards one that unites healthy lifestyles and environments. This is more than just the reduction of pollutants or hazardous materials, but towards the design, construction and inhabitation of settlements that enable and promote healthy sustainable tourism.

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Rice, L. (2018). Healthy cities and tourism: integrating healthy lifestyles and tourism practices.

Conference Name Inclusive Innovation for Enhanced Local Experience in Tourism
Conference Location Phuket, Thailand
Start Date Aug 28, 2018
End Date Aug 31, 2018
Acceptance Date Jun 20, 2018
Publication Date Aug 28, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 19, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 19, 2018
Journal Inclusive Innovation for Enhanced Local Experience in Tourism Workshop Proceedings
Print ISSN ISBN-978-1-78926-634-4
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords tourism, healthy cities, sustainable development
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/862481
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Inclusive Innovation for Enhanced Local Experience in Tourism

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