Blue economy and tourism: is there a potential to create sustainable jobs?

Jorge Ramos, Ben Drakeford

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review


The world ocean covers about two thirds of Earth’s surface and until sometime ago it was considered an endless source of resources. The distorted advancement of technology was by far too steep in comparison to the pace of renewable resources recovery. Today, it is known that sustainability is fundamental in order to preserve sea resources and ensure their high resilience. Certain sectors are highly demanding in terms of human capital and the tourism industry seems to be on the rise. Worldwide tourism keeps growing and several phenomena have determined some trends, particularly related to recreational and cultural activities. Tourism inflicts a high pressure on coastal resources at different levels. Natural and social scientists strive to find solutions for the problem, whereas some other sectors of society try to reach solutions in terms of business opportunities. The tourism industry has a large stake in these issues, because it is an important opportunity to take advantage of human capital and simultaneously educate people for more sustainable uses of sea resources.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Human Capital and People Management in the Tourism Industry
EditorsVânia Gonçalves Costa, Andreia Antunes Moura, Maria do Rosário Mira
PublisherIGI Global
ISBN (Electronic)9781799843191
ISBN (Print)1799843181, 9781799843184
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


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