In recent years, social and cultural impacts of tourism have been identified as distinct and measurable dimensions. However, the identification and standardisation of tools for cultural and social impact assessment remains elusive if not highly technical. In order to mitigate the negative impacts that tourism may have particularly to host communities and sometimes travellers, a pivotal change in the practice of embedding social and cultural impacts to planning needs to be explored. Ground-truthing and previous impact assessment tools are presented as all-inclusive options for sustainable tourism practitioners in the planning and development working for parks, recreational sites and tourism ventures. This chapter presents a shift in handling the complexities of embracing an authentic understanding of both the cultural and social dimensions of sustainable tourism.
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