It takes the concept of sustainability and builds on it - elevating it from aiming to sustain the environment and mitigate any negative impacts, to positively contributing to a destination.
As such, a place-based approach is central to the regenerative tourism philosophy. By understanding all the elements of a destination’s eco-system we can determine how to create mutually beneficial relationships for all involved and ensure tourism regenerates the community and environment it is a part of.
Regenerative tourism is concept we are passionate about at HWT and it’s a key foundation of Waikato’s Destination Management Plan. Our approach to regenerative tourism is two-fold – the first being to enable our visitor economy businesses to understand and embrace regenerative tourism and the second being to educate our manuhiri (visitors) about how to care for our region and positively contribute to our communities during their time with us.
In this section you’ll find a range of helpful resources and tools to help with your regenerative tourism journey – whether you are an early adopter looking to enhance your activities or a newbie who is just starting out and in need of some tips and tricks for how to begin.