Thus, the development of a sustainable and responsible tourism industry is dependent on fulfilling the objectives of all stakeholders in the system, which includes the visitors (tourists), local communities, operators, government and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). The inter-relationships among the stakeholders must be fully identified since each stakeholders need and impact may be different from the other. It is imperative to have a holistic understanding of the impact of these mega development plans on key fragile eco and rural destinations. Hence, the timely introduction of Open Access (OA) in the field of tourism that focuses on sustainability and responsibility is certainly the way forward to make this important issue globalized. With OA, there is no financial, legal, or technical barrier (copyright and licensing restrictions) other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. Similar to the globalized tourism industry, OA is the answer to the sharing of the critical knowledge and issues in sustainability and responsibility that will shape the world today, tomorrow and for centuries to come.
Last date updated on June, 2014