Abstract: Human Relationship with Nature, Indigenous Ways of Living and Regenerative Tourism Framework

Regenerative Tourism Framework and indicators are critical to tourism studies. In the post Covid-19 era, human civilisation appears to undergo a significant shift in social-ecological consciousness and an emerging concept of ‘regenerative tourism’ is getting popular. The concept acknowledges the strong linkages between humans and nature and together special conditions are created for life to renew and restore itself. While indigenous people have always been aware of their actions and their impacts on the socio- ecological environments, the scientific community has started to acknowledge indigenous knowledge and ways of living. and integrated intelligence. The key aspect of the indigenous lifestyle is the linkages with physical and social environments where humans acknowledge their limitations and always worked with nature, not against nature. This paper highlights the indicators of regenerative tourism from both supply (host/destination) and demand (guest/tourist) perspectives. Given the active participation of Māori in policy making, this paper argues that New Zealand is in a unique position to develop and transform its tourism products and provide conditions for the tourism industry to rejuvenate for a better future. This paper presents a Regenerative Tourism Framework to guide the journey towards regenerative tourism by putting destinations and people at the heart of policymaking.

Hussain, Asif (2023) “Human Relationship with Nature, Indigenous Ways of Living and Regenerative Tourism Framework,” Journal of Sustainability and Resilience: Vol. 3 : Iss. 1 , Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usf.edu/jsr/vol3/iss1/4