SMART Destination Management

We work with local companies and governments to translate rigorous science into visual projections for the future of destinations, to protect the health and well being of local people, and guide a balanced economic development approach using tourism.  

This interactive approach, which allows citizens and thought leaders to play a role is needed now more than ever, in emerging economies where the rapid growth of tourism has profound consequences for many of the highest profile ecosystems in the world—many of which are unprepared for the changes ahead  

New technologies, such as the latest versions of geographic information systems (GIS)called geodesignwill help local people, civil servants, and authorities visualize the rapid changes tourism will bring into their home communities so they can better decide how to proceedGeodesign can help anticipate impacts from climate change and allow citizen scientists to gather data and inform governments about points of concern on a wide range of social health and environmental issues, using scientific data.  

Geodesign allows local people to identify where compromised systems lie and where investments in alternative energy, clean development infrastructure, and protection of green spacecan be made to better manage the future of destinations.

Programs Working In This Area

Related Projects

Regional Planning and Geodesign for Tourism


To achieve the healthiest possible future, we must unite the skills and expertise of many disciplines and professions working in the tourism industry. That’s why our International Sustainable Tourism Initiative (ISTI) is teaming up with the Harvard Graduate School of Design to deploy innovative systems—incorporating geodesign, modeling, and quantitative analysis—to help developers, site managers and hotel corporations work with communities, governments, and businesses to create plans for healthy and sustainable tourism growth.... Read more about Regional Planning and Geodesign for Tourism

Original Research

Featured Resources

  • 1 of 3
  • »

Latest News


In the Media



Courses We Teach

All courses