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Fostering Sustainable Tourism Development in Latin America

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3.21 Fostering Sustainable Tourism Development in Latin America

The tourism industry in Latin America represents approximately 8.5 percent of regional GDP and is expected to grow in future years. Competition among countries to gain a greater number of international visitors is also on the rise.

While economic growth and sustainability are not mutually exclusive, the burgeoning tourism industry in Latin America raises questions about how countries can best manage their natural resources and patrimony. This is especially important for the Latin American region, which holds more than half of the world’s biodiversity.

How can the goals of sustainability—involving land use, impact on watersheds and native flora and fauna, pollution, waste removal, and improvement of infrastructure—become part of a strategy that integrates the goals of tourism development with the protection of vulnerable ecosystems and enhances both local and national economic development?

Please join us on Thursday, March 21 at 9:00 a.m. at the Wilson Center to discuss these issues with some of the leading voices on sustainable tourism development and its links to conservation.

Opening Remarks

Anders Beal
Program Assistant, Latin American Program
Woodrow Wilson Center


Hernán Mladinic
Vidanta-Wilson Fellow
Wilson Center

Donald Leadbetter
Tourism Program Manager
U.S. National Park Service

Santiago Giraldo
Executive Director

Carlos Viquez
Agriculture & Biodiversity Leader
Osa Conservation


The Honorable Anne Slaughter Andrew
Former U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica


The Wilson Center's Latin American Program wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Vidanta Foundation for this initiative.


Image:  Rodrigo Soldon, Flickr.