Tourism is an ever-growing, global and world-making phenomenon. It is one of the world’s largest economic sectors. More than 1.4 billion international tourists globally generate one in ten jobs and 10% of the GDP. However, its societal and environmental challenges cannot be ignored. Tourism affects the quality of life and well-being of individuals, has important environmental consequences and plays an important role in community, regional and urban development.


For the urgent challenges within the domain of tourism, there are no clear-cut solutions. However, by executing high-quality scientific research, helping to translate our knowledge into practice worldwide and by training professionals and students, we aim to contribute to sustainable tourism development. At Wageningen University & Research, more than 20 staff members and over 200 students are addressing these challenges by participating in undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education on tourism and executing research projects. Read the fact sheet>

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Framing the Other is a documentary made by alumni of MSc Leisure, Tourism and Environment about tourism and its complex relationships with indigenous communities. It reveals the intriguing thoughts of a Mursi woman from Southern Ethiopia and that of a Dutch tourist as they prepare themselves for meeting each other.