The UNEP's tourism section has a wide range of publications on their website which are likely to be of interest to policy-makers. The main publication is 'Making Tourism More Sustainable: A Guide for Policy Makers'.
They describe their mission as being '... to mainstream sustainability into tourism development by demonstrating the economic, environmental, and socio-cultural benefits of sustainable tourism'.
W (Publications): www.unep.fr/scp/tourism/publications/
The Guide presents a comprehensive set of instruments for governments, ranging from planning regulations to economic instruments and the application of certification and indicators, and it sets out 12 aims for sustainable tourism and their implications for policy, and describes the collaborative structures and strategies that are needed at a national and local level. It also identifies ways to influence the development and operation of tourism enterprises and the activities of tourists. The Guide, developed with the contribution of many experts from the field, is illustrated by numerous examples and case studies across the world.
Envirotel - Integrating environmental practices in small and medium hotels: A practical guide (2010, English, 0 pages)
Sustainable Coastal Tourism - An integrated planning and management approach (2009, English, 155 pages)
Heritage-Based Tourism - Conserving our Treasures for Tomorrow (2009, English)
Climate Change and Tourism - Responding to Global Challenges (2008, English, 269 pages)
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Tourism Sector: Frameworks, Tools and Practices (2008, English, 152 pages)
Awards for Improving the Coastal Environment: The example of the Blue Flag (2006, English, 34 pages)
Forging Links Between Protected Areas and the Tourism Sector: How Tourism Can Benefit Conservation (2005, English, 48 pages)
Making Tourism More Sustainable: A Guide for Policy Makers (2005, English, 222 pages)
Integrating Sustainability into Business: An Implementation Guide for Responsible Tourism Coordinators (2005, English, 55 pages)
Integrating Sustainability into Business: Management Guide for Responsible Tour Operations (2005, English, 63 pages)
Marketing Sustainable Tourism Products (2005, English, 40 pages)
Tourism and Local Agenda 21: The Role of Local Authorities in Sustainable Tourism (2003, English, 60 pages)
Tourism and Biodiversity: Mapping Tourism's Global Footprint (2003, English, 66 pages)
A Manual for Water and Waste Management: What the Tourism Industry Can Do to Improve Its Performance (2003, English, 50 pages)
Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Planning and Management (2002, English, 183 pages)
Ecotourism: Principles, Practices and Policies for Sustainability (2002, English, 64 pages)
Industry as a Partner for Sustainable Development: Tourism (2002, English, 76 pages)
Sowing the Seeds of Change: An Environmental Teaching Pack for the Hospitality Industry (2001, English, 218 pages)
Environmental Good Practice in Hotels (1996, English, 52 pages)
The National Minimum Standard is based on the three cornerstones of sustainable tourism (social-cultural, environmental, and economic responsibility) and has 41 criteria under 4 main categories. These categories are Sustainable Operations and Management; Social and Cultural; Economic Criteria, and Environmental Criteria. The criteria deal with the following issues:
The National Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourism was published as a South African National Standard (SANS) by the South African Bureau of Standards(SABS) on 31 March 2011 under the official name 'SANS 1162:2011 Responsible Tourism - Requirements.'