Volume 40:

  RE-PURPOSING TOURISM: Contributions to Host Community’s Wellbeing

14 May 2022  

Established in 2018, Planet Happiness aims “to focus the attention of all tourism stakeholders on the wellbeing agenda and use tourism as a vehicle for development that demonstrably strengthens destination sustainability and the quality of life of host communities.”  This webinar includes panellists from four Planet Happiness destination partnerships presenting an overview of their progress, including steps taken to deploy the Happiness Index survey and to suggest ways in which the data can guide and nurture community engagement, inclusivity, and destination sustainability.

Paul Rogers Nepal
Paul Rogers - Moderator

Paul Rogers

Dr Paul Rogers is one of Asia-Pacific’s most experienced tourism for development practitioners. Completed in 1997, his PhD centered on tourism, conservation and development issues in Nepal’s Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) National Park.  He is a long-term expert consultant with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the World Bank, ADB and numerous other international organisations, he has worked extensively in Nepal, Bhutan, Laos and the Greater Mekong Region, as well as Myanmar, North Korea, North-West Africa and Australia. Dr. Rogers is co-founder of Planet Happiness a tourism and big data project of the non-profit, the Happiness Alliance.  Inspired by several assignments in Bhutan, Planet Happiness focuses the attention of all tourism stakeholders on the well-being agenda; to use tourism as a vehicle for development that demonstrably strengthens destination sustainability and the quality of life of host communities.

 

 

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