Walt Disney Vero Beach Resort offers a model for tourist industry involvement through such programs as:
Closing drapes at dusk to protect turtles from lights
Using special LED lighting that has been installed to both meet codes and protect turtles
Providing extensive guest communication for turtle friendly activities during turtle season
Having Disney Cast members partiicpate in the Ocean Conservancy beach clean-ups
Participating in turtle tracking programs for State and Federal Fish & Wildlife
Being a sponsor and host for the annual Tour de Turtle Kick-Off
Disney Vero Beach Resort
Disney Turtle Tracking Program Disney Cast members participting in Beach Clean-Up
Protecting cultural heritage includes any form of artistic or symbolic material signs which are handed on from generation to generation to each culture. Cultural heritage can be tangible or intangible.
Intangible cultural heritage is defined by UNESCO as practices, expressions, knowledge, skills that communities, groups and in some cases individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage” . Tangible cultural heritage is often also referred to as cultural property. Cultural property is movable or immovable property with importance to the cultural heritage of every people, for instance buildings and books.
Protecting cultural heritage involves a number of strategies including but not limited to:
Developing policies that promote protection of cultural heritage.
Improving training and education of both tourism businesses and guests they serve.
Support for UNESCO World Heritage programs.
Developing political support for cultural heritage protection.
Developing an ethic with military operations to protect cultural heritage sites
Environmental protection such as keeping air pollution from damaging heritage sites.
Sensitivity to cultural heritage can begin in the early development of tourist facilities.
A case in point is the Disney Alunai Resort in Hawaii. Some of the strategies developed by Disney to preserve cultural heritage for this resort include but are not limited to:
Disney Imagineers working with locals in initial design to celebrate Hawaiian culture and history.
Resort architecture honors fundamental concern between nature and humanity that Hawaiian culture has cherished.
Art work is chosen to honor the traditional images of the culture. Disney worked with the local artists to keep the integrity of the culture in tact with the art work in the resort.
Disney Aulani Resort Celebrates and Preserves Cultural Hertiage
Tortuga Turista Update 14Last Updated on 2016-10-25 09:48:48Tortuga Turista traveled 56 miles last week and remains in 4th place . She trails Turpac who is visiting Cuba by over 500 miles. She also leads 5th place Pebbles who is hanging out around Cancun, Mexico by about 275 miles. In other words it is unlikely that her standing will change with only one week left in the race.
What has been more important than the place Tortuga Turista comes in is that she has been able to use the platform of the Tour De Turtles to highlight the cause of sustainable tourism.
Tourism accounts for about 10% of the world’s GDP, and employs about 11% of the world’s workforce. It is also the third largest exporter behind fossil fuels and chemicals and ahead of food. Tourism is also the fastest growing industry in the world and is projected to rise from 1.2 international visits to 1.8 billion by... More »
Tortuga Turista Update 13Last Updated on 2016-10-19 21:39:00Tortuga Turista traveled 91 miles last week, double what she did the week before. Perhaps she is ready to make a move during the final weeks of the race, though I fear it may be to little to late.
Most of the week while Tortuga Turista was increasing her swim distance, I was attending a conference in Iceland, near the arctic circle, on sustainable tourism, the cause she is racing for.
The arctic ocean just north of our conference location is the only ocean that sea turtles are not found. I was surprised however to learn that the leatherback sea turtle has been seen off the shores of iceland.
There is a town in Northwest Iceland called Hólmavík, known as the Sorcery Town. In 1654 three men were burned at the stake for sorcery. This was followed by an increase in witchcraft to compliment the sorcery of the men. Over the next 35 years... More »
Tortuga Turista Update 12Last Updated on 2016-10-13 11:18:14Tortuga Turista had her slowest week yet swimming only 47 miles. While she remains in 4th place she is falling further behind third.
True to being a tourist turtle along with the warmer climate for this time of year, she seems in no hurry to head south.
Besides enjoying the clean and safe waters where she has been hanging out for the last several weeks, perhaps there is another reason Tortuga Turista is reluctant to head south, namely the dangers of turtle egg and turtle meat consumption.
Egg harvest for consumption is the cause of Pebbles, another Green Turtle in the race.
Throughout the past several years there have been many stories in the news about sea turtle egg poachers being arrested for tampering with nests and trying to sell eggs. Although these stories are a great step toward creating awareness for this plight for turtles, there is still more that needs to be... More »
Tortuga Turista Update 11Last Updated on 2016-10-04 07:29:27Tortuga Turista swam only 79 miles last week (2 miles more than her low of 77) and has fallen back to 4th place as this week as she continues to play off the Florida Coast near St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve. Perhaps she is calling our attention to the importance of protecting coastal habitat and recreational values that are so important to sustainable tourism.
The Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection video below details more of Tortuga Turista's concerns and may explain why she seems to like this area to visit so much as a tourist turtle. :)
Tortuga Turista's is racing for the cause of sustainable tourism. Last week colleagues from Florida joined me to travel to Havana, Cuba to celebrate World... More »
Tortuga Turista Update 10Last Updated on 2016-09-26 21:47:12Tortuga Turista remains in third place as this week begins despite last week swimming the fewest miles in a week (77 miles) since the Tour de Turtle race started.
Lets hope that she picks up speed this coming week.
I am off to Cuba with some colleagues tomorrow to celebrate World Tourism Day (September 27th), and to discuss other sustainable tourism issues including protection of sea turtles as part of our meetings.
Special message from Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General.
Will have more to report next week.
For this week, I offer a special treat from one of the USF Patel College Students, Ivy Brannan, of Swell Connections, who has shared for this update this beautiful reflection The Plight of the Turtle. Enjoy!
World Tourism Day Messages
Follow Tortuga Turista each day to see her progress
Adopt Tortuga Turista as your turtle
Pledge for... More »
Drag and drop the content to change the order of featured content. The top nine will be displayed.