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  • Coastal Habitat Protection Featured Blog Post Coastal Habitat Protection Coastal Habitat Protection

    As the largest segment of the travel industry, coastal and marine tourism will soon see upwards of one billion people visiting these areas on a yearly basis, making coastal... More »

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    Belize is my home and it lies on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. It’s the most beautiful place on Earth (I know everybody thinks their country is the prettiest but Belize... More »

  • Infectious Disease: A Threat to Tourism Featured Blog Post Infectious Disease: A Threat to Tourism Infectious Disease: A Threat to Tourism

    https://www.cdc.gov/zika/images/Zika_travel_plan_600x300.jpg What is the major threat to tourism? Over the years, the tourism industry has experienced continued growth and... More »

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Tour de Turtles: A Race to Save the Turtles 
 Last Updated on 2019-03-04 16:51:43   Recently I attended Tour de Turtles event at Disney Vero Beach. Tour de Turtles is a 90 day race between sea turtles from countries such as Panama, Costa Rica, Bahamas, Cuba, Nevis and Florida, USA. Seventeen turtles were tagged this year with a tracing device so their movements can be followed each day. The turtle that travels the farthest in 90 days wins the race. Each turtle is also racing for a cause that will improve the likelihood of survivability of sea turtles around the world. Causes include: water quality, plastic debris, light pollution, climate change, harvest for meat consumption, commercial trawl fisheries, egg harvest for consumption, illegal sea turtle shell trade, commercial longline fisheries, invasive species predation, beach erosion, oil spills, and boat strikes. We arrived mid-day on Friday where we were greeted by Tic Toc  the alligator and... More »
Clean Marinas & Coastal Habitat Protection Last Updated on 2019-01-21 15:57:30 Before coming to Florida, I was very interested in the ocean and always wanted to know what the ocean had to do with our lives. When I came to Florida, especially when I lived in Tampa for two years, I had a deeper understanding of the ocean. After I learned about sustainable tourism courses and learned more about the protection and planning of the ocean through the curriculum, I realized that our everyday life is so closely related to human protection of coastal ecology. For the marinas of coastal cities and how to protect the coastal habitats, I would like to talk about my feelings and suggestions. First, there are many terminals in Florida. These terminals are divided into a variety of different functions and use. In this sense, cleaning the terminals is not only for the health of the terminals, but also to ensure that our marine and freshwater environments are sustainable. future.... More »
Sustainable Seafood Strategies Last Updated on 2019-01-21 15:56:46      The tourism industry can act as a double-edged sword. The attractions and attributions that generate the desire for tourists to participate in this industry, are the very same features that we are depleting and threatening. This behemoth of an industry can present great opportunities for individuals, occupations, and economies, but only if done so with an environmentally- sustainable mindset. Nonetheless, with a changing climate creating many uncertainties and a food crisis, it is of utmost importance that individuals act sustainably and utilize new technologies and strategies to shift traditional methods that are no longer relevant to a changing climate. With the depletion of resources, strategies must be employed to mitigate and ultimately eradicate inefficient agricultural techniques to combat the food crisis. Fortunately, there are many strategies that the... More »
Best Practices in Tourism for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Conservation Last Updated on 2019-01-21 15:04:53 Tourism as an industry relies heavily on certain environments, landscapes, ecosystems, and animal and plant species to keep it a successful business; these are the main reasons people travel to tourist destinations. Because of this, tourism is the sector that should be the most concerned with preserving biodiversity, ecosystems, and landscapes. Major changes to the environment could negatively affect business. There are certain practices that I think are very important when it comes to conserving biodiversity, ecosystems, and landscapes. The most important in my opinion is developing biodiversity and ecosystem management systems to keep everything in check. First, businesses need to do a comprehensive review of their operations and how they are directly or indirectly affecting these environmental aspects through either their supply chains or the investments they make. Then they should... More »
Leadership & Governance for Sustainable Tourism: Last Updated on 2019-01-21 15:03:18 by Addaia Arizmendi, UNWTO    Tourism, as we all know, is far more than tourism alone. From infrastructure and communication to food production and transport, tourism’s considerable economic weight gives it the responsibility and the power to play a key role in the sustainable and responsible development of economies and societies. Delivering on tourism’s huge potential is the Mandate of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations’ (UN) agency responsible for the promotion of tourism’s many benefits on societies and the economy. Increasing tourism’s commitment to sustainable development is one of UNWTO’s priorities and, therefore, we are pleased to support this event. Tourism has been a sector of consistently above-average growth for eight straight years, with 1.3 billion international tourist arrivals recorded in... More »