Economic development committee explores regenerative tourism options
October 26, 2022
Tourists often have fraught relationships with the communities they visit. In Costa Rica, tourists may swell the country’s gross domestic product, but when beaches are covered in suntanned travelers, sea turtles can’t access their nesting grounds. In Hawaii, tourists may fund fancy new resort developments, but their insatiable hunger for entertainment and tchotchkes has decimated the island environments.
However, a new movement called “regenerative tourism” — which is taking root in Alaska — seeks to change the industry for good. Regenerative tourism is an effort by travelers an...