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Project Regenerative Tourism

Promoting Regenerative Tourism

“Project Regenerative Tourism” is an initiative led by the Sustainability and Resilience Institute (SRI) | Tourism Advisory, New Zealand. Its primary goal is to promote research and experiential opportunities related to regenerative tourism, encouraging visitors to actively engage in the ongoing discourse surrounding this concept. The project has yielded significant results, including the publication of various scholarly works and the development of a comprehensive “Regenerative Tourism Model” and “Regenerative Tourism Framework.”

Regenerative Tourism Definition

“Regenerative tourism fosters ongoing rejuvenation and innovation in tourism systems, focusing on restoring and enriching social-ecological systems. It surpasses mere impact reduction, thriving amid changing trends and shocks with a focus on economic stability, minimal social and environmental impact, and the creation of authentic experiences.” Link

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Project Regenerative Tourism

The Regenerative Tourism Model proposes the integration of all components of a social-ecological system into a cohesive and self-organizing structure that embraces uncertainty and adapts to global shocks and emerging trends. It acknowledges the interconnectedness of social and environmental factors and emphasizes the need for regenerative practices in tourism. Additionally, the model has established a set of indicators to assess the extent to which a tourism product or service contributes to regeneration and sustainability.

The Regenerative Tourism Framework serves as a roadmap for achieving regenerative tourism by prioritizing destinations and people in the policymaking process. This framework incorporates indicators of regenerative tourism from both the supply and demand sides, encompassing overarching characteristics that should be present. To evaluate the degree of regenerativeness of a tourism product, a Likert scale (ranging from 1 to 10) is utilized, offering a quantitative measure.

One of the key recommendations of the project is the holistic appreciation of indigenous knowledge. Rather than cherry-picking specific elements that align with current tourism discussions while neglecting the broader context, the project advocates for a comprehensive understanding of indigenous knowledge. Indigenous knowledge encompasses a way of life that involves dynamic decision-making processes, continuously adapting to cycles of growth, accumulation, restructuring, and renewal of resources. Indigenous wisdom stems from an intricate understanding of specific contexts and times, acting as a steward for the physical, social, and historical environments.

Selected Publications on Regenerative Tourism

  1. The Regenerative Lens: A conceptual framework for regenerative social-ecological systems
  2. What is regenerative tourism, and how can it be implemented?
  3. Managing Aotearoa New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions from aviation
  4. Regenerative tourism: a conceptual framework leveraging theory and practice.
  5. The reciprocity of soil, soul and society: the heart of developing regenerative tourism activities.
  6. Guest editorial: Transformation and the regenerative future of tourism.
  7. Regenerative tourism: the challenge of transformational leadership.
  8. Regenerative tourism: transforming mindsets, systems and practices.
  9. Transformative roles in tourism: adopting living systems’ thinking for regenerative futures.
  10. Linking Regenerative Travel and Residents’ Support for Tourism Development in Kaua’i Island (Hawaii): Moderating-Mediating Effects of Travel-Shaming and Foreign
  11. Gender equality boost for regenerative tourism: the case of Karenni village Huay Pu Keng (Mae Hong Son, Thailand)
  12. Theoretical approach to Api-tourism routes as a paradigm of sustainable and regenerative rural development.
  13. Recognising the regenerative impacts of Canadian women tourism social entrepreneurs through a feminist ethic of care lens.
  14. Circular economy, circular regenerative processes, agrowth and placemaking for tourism future.
  15. Joanna Van Gruisen on Regenerative Tourism in India.
  16. Rural Entrepreneurship Skill Development Through Regenerative Tourism in Channapatna, Karnataka.
  17. Building regenerative futures: A more-than-tourism agenda for post Covid-19 recovery.
  18. Anchoring “tourism value” within a regenerative tourism paradigm–a government perspective.
  19. Ecotourism, regenerative tourism, and the circular economy
  20. Inclusive and regenerative urban tourism: capacity development perspectives
  21. Inclusive and regenerative urban tourism: capacity development perspectives.
  22. Advancing a regenerative tourism system in New Zealand: an analysis of an Indigenous tourism operation and the Tiaki Promise destination pledge.
  23. Thoughts on how New Zealand could progress as a more regenerative tourism host.
  24. Regenerative tourism needs diverse economic practices.
  25. Creative tourism development models towards sustainable and regenerative tourism

Journal of Sustainability and Resilience

Project Regenerative Tourism

Regenerative Tourism and Climate Change

Regenerative Tourism and Climate Change

Abstract: Climate Change Commitments and Challenges to Achieve Regenerative Tourism: A Case of Aotearoa New Zealand Abstract: Climate Change Commitments and Challenges to Achieve Regenerative Tourism: A Case of Aotearoa New Zealand New Zealand heavily relies on...

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