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Bruce is the Director of the Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities at f Central Queensland University and program director of the Masters of Sustainable Tourism Management. His research interests including sustainability, coral reef tourism and climate change. He has authored over 300 journal articles, book chapters and conference papers.

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At some point in the near future there will be a need to transition global economic systems from the current high-carbon linear production system best described as ‘take, make, dispose’ system to a low-carbon production system based on recycling. This paper briefly discusses how previous global scale economic production systems have transitioned though a series of revolutions including the Agricultural Revolution and the Industrial Revolution to create today’s high-carbon economy and mass tourism. The paper then considers implications for the tourism industry of a future transition to a low-carbon economy. The paper concludes that provided the tourism industry is proactive in its approach to this transition there are likely to be significant opportunities for further growth in tourism.

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Implications for tourism of a future transition to a low-carbon economy

At some point in the near future there will be a need to transition global economic systems from the current high-carbon linear production system best described as ‘take, make, dispose’ system to a low-carbon production system based on recycling. This paper briefly discusses how previous global scale economic production systems have transitioned though a series of revolutions including the Agricultural Revolution and the Industrial Revolution to create today’s high-carbon economy and mass tourism. The paper then considers implications for the tourism industry of a future transition to a low-carbon economy. The paper concludes that provided the tourism industry is proactive in its approach to this transition there are likely to be significant opportunities for further growth in tourism.