The application of system dynamics as a framework for establishing sustainable cave management policies: a case study in the Philippines
by Nemi Lorraine S. Escalante; Jonathan A. Uy; Hanah Marie M. Tonggol; Amando A. Radomes Jr.; Lanndon A. Ocampo
International Journal of Global Environmental Issues (IJGENVI), Vol. 17, No. 2/3, 2018

Abstract: Sustainable tourism has become a critical concern for local and global communities due to several detrimental issues on tourist destinations. However, traditional tourism research generally adopts a reductionalist approach that has its limitations as it fails to see the interdependencies of many components within the tourism system. This study attempts to demonstrate an alternative approach to dealing with complexities of cave sustainability in the form of system dynamics. Two major policies for cave tourism sustainability were employed to simulate the long-term sustainability of the tourist cave system. A case study was carried out on an emerging cave destination in central Philippines in order to explore the dynamic impacts of the policies. As a result, the combination of dynamic pricing and vegetation improvement is the best policy mix that can be implemented by management to ensure that the requirements of sustainable tourism are not violated in running the cave system.

Online publication date: Mon, 16-Apr-2018

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