Walt Disney Vero Beach Resort offers a model for tourist industry involvement through such programs as:
Eliminating towels left on the beach by requiring a refundable deposit for towels
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
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
Multiple ocean stresses threaten "globally significant" marine extinctionLast Updated on 2014-01-04 14:54:36
A high-level international workshop convened by IPSO met at the University of Oxford earlier this year. It was the first inter-disciplinary international meeting of marine scientists of its kind and was designed to consider the cumulative impact of multiple stressors on the ocean, including warming, acidification, and overfishing.
The 3 day workshop, co-sponsored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), looked at the latest science across different disciplines.
The 27 participants from 18 organisations in 6 countries produced a grave assessment of current threats — and a stark conclusion about future risks to marine and human life if the current trajectory of damage continues: that the world's ocean is at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history.
Delegates called for urgent and... More »
Blue Community Series Part 5Last Updated on 2013-11-25 12:46:30
Dr. Reese Halter hosts Part 5 of the Blue Community Coastal Habitat & Marine Environment series that presents best practices for sustainable tourism at the Walt Disney Company. This video focuses Clean marinas, coastal habitat and cultural heritage protection. The video features Dr. Anne Savage, Conservation Director Walt Disney World Resort, and Tom Hopkins, Animal Operations Area Director, Walt Disney World Resort
Sustainable Tourism Includes Protecting Coastal Habitat and Cultural HeritageLast Updated on 2013-11-25 12:34:47Protecting coastal habitat, marine environments and cultural heritage is a key strategy for sustainable tourism.
Sea life depends on the beaches, estuaries, marshes, sea grass, and wetlands for their survival. Tourism depends on clean and healthy beaches for its economy.
There are multiple stressors on our coastal habitats today including climate change, ocean acidification, and pollution. These ocean stresses together threaten "globally significant" marine extinction.
In recent years climate change has increasingly threatened and our coastal habitats and marine environments.
In the short video on Blue Carbon, Jim Toomey explains that our coastal habitat is critical for storing carbon, providing breeding habitat for wildlife, protecting against storm surges, and providing buffers for water filtration.
With the increase in carbon emissions the carbon cycle is now out... More »
Tour de Turtles: A Race for Sustainable TourismLast Updated on 2013-11-25 12:25:50This past weekend I participated in the Tour de Turtles race at Disney Vero Beach Resort and the Barrier Island Center.
The two locations were the sites for the release of four loggerhead sea turtles with tracking devices. The four join seven other sea turtles in the Tour de Turtles race. Over 300 people gathered early in the morning at Disney Vero Beach to cheer on the two turtles they released from the starting gate to the ocean.
The two Disney turtles are named Carrie and Claire after characters in the Disney Monster University movie.
Watch Carrie being released.
Above Photo: Celeste McWilliams, Galleon Photos
That evening, about 11 miles north, the Sea Turtle Conservancy hosted a kick-off celebration with food, drink, benefit auction, and music at the... More »
The Tourism Crisis: Impacts and Solutions Last Updated on 2013-11-25 12:23:32When most people think of tourism they rarely think of tourism as a crisis.
Yet, last year according to the U.N. World Tourism Organization, tourists crossing international boarders reached over 1 billion a year for the first time. Projections are for international tourism visits to almost double to 1.8 billion by 2030.
The tourism crisis is the impacts that adding 800 million additional international visitors per year to the tourism industry, not to mention the increase of tourism visits that may take place within national borders. Adding 800 million visitors a year is the equivalent of adding 8 or 9 Walt Disney Worlds to the tourism industry.
The challenges of how to construct facilities, provide energy, water and waste management, develop new food supplies, and protect cultural heritages of local communities, is a huge crisis, indeed.
The word crisis in Chinese characters has two... More »
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