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.

It is our vision to design an entirely new system for tourism planning to replace the antiquated and unresponsive tourism master planning system, which costs governments and donors hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide, with a new dynamic approach which projects dynamic comparisons of future scenarios with genuine public collaboration.  This system can inform government actions and allow local people to design their future with human health and well-being and the preservation of ecological and socio-cultural systems as primary goals.

To implement our vision, we are developing a new course for the Harvard Extension School on Sustainable Tourism, Regional Planning and Geodesign, which will enlist governments, researchers, communities, and planners to take part in creating dynamic tourism destination planning systems.  We will share this knowledge via interchange and experimentation on geodesign planning hubs in the global digital classroom.  In the next phase pilot projects will be launched in collaboration with local governments, civil society, and businesses.

Contact Megan Epler Wood, Director of our International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, for more information.

Advisor: Vicente Moles

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