Towards Sustainable Blue Tourism: Trends, challenges and Policy Pathways


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Year: June 2023
AuthorsGiulia Balestracci (Eco-union) and Angelo Sciacca (IDDRI)
CoordinatorsJérémie Fosse (Eco-union)
Julien Rochette (IDDRI)
Contributors & Reviewers: Arnau Teixidor Costa (IUCN)
Nicole Leotaud (CANARI)
Samson Obiene (CORDIO)

This report examines the current situation of coastal and maritime tourism and identifies the challenges and opportunities faced by stakeholders today toward the development of a more sustainable blue tourism sector.

It introduces blue tourism, the main factors characterizing this tourism sub-sector, its governance, and the legal and institutional framework. Moreover, blue tourism’s main market segments are examined, followed by a review of tourism impacts, and the current global issues that affect the sector. Drawing from a review of the key challenges and opportunities for a more sustainable blue tourism economy, policy pathways are recommended to reorient the sector towards a more sustainable and resilient future.