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
West Coast Best Coast...If There's Any Coast LeftLast Updated on 2016-04-18 08:47:06While there are many issues that are prevalent in the realm of sustainable tourism, coastal habitat protection is a predominant problem. It is incredibly important to promote the sustainable management of habitat protection and maintenance in coastal regions, as these areas are rapidly deteriorating and face regular threats.
To improve coastal habitat protection, the first and foremost matter of importance is to educate consumers in sustainable habits. By educating consumers, mitigation of impact can be attributed to the consumer, allowing for a heightened sense of responsibility and pride on the consumer side while visiting a coastal area. Educational programs offered by tourism operators for consumers (as well as other retailers and staff within the tourism industry) are extremely beneficial for all parties involved, as they can demonstrate the ideals and importance of coastal... More »
Tourism & Protecting Florida's Coastal HabitatLast Updated on 2016-04-11 20:51:58
Today, there are roughly 7.4 billion people residing on our planet. 20 million people live right here in Florida. In February 2016, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida set another record in tourism by hosting 105 million visitors in 2015. In 2016, Florida expects to welcome 115 million visitors. Tourism plays an important role in supporting Florida's economy, but how are these numbers contributing to the environment and habitat protection?
Florida is home to one of the most precious eco-systems in the world, The Florida Everglades. The Florida Everglades are home to thousands of species that play an important role in providing a healthy balance in the two million acre wetland. Florida is also home to the third largest coral barrier reef system in the world. Coral reefs are in decline all over the world. Some predict over 75% of the worlds reefs will be gone by 2050.
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Sustainable Seafood in Coastal Tourism: Sunny Snowy ScandinaviaLast Updated on 2016-03-28 17:10:38
With so much coastline in the world one is limited only by the time and money to see it all. Historically the most tropical and lush of coastal destinations are frequented most often. Islands and hot sunny climates are the typical destination spots for tourists. More people are finding that some of the freshest seafood and the most sustainable places to visit are in the cooler climates. Countries in the Scandinavian region include Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. Boasting thousands of miles of coastline and pristine environments these locations are destined to change the perception of sustainable destination spots. This article will look at sustainable tourism practices in the cultural region of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, commonly referred to as the ‘Scandinavian Peninsula’ with an emphasis on sustainable... More »
Planting Mangroves for Coastal Habitat ProtectionLast Updated on 2016-02-16 10:00:19Mangroves is a type of shrub tree that grows along estuaries and shorelines in tropical and subtropical regions such as the state of Florida. Mangroves provide many coastal habitat protection benefits to the environment as well as to Floridians.
One of the most important benefits, especially for Florida that is constantly under threat for sea level rise and natural disasters such as hurricanes, is coastal resilience. The mangrove forests have the capability to absorb and diffuse tidal surges that are associated with high winds, floods, and even tsunamis (Wetlands International, 2014).
By planting more mangrove forests, coastal regions can create an ecological barrier to protect and offer economic value for neighboring communities. If mangrove forests are restored, it can produce a rich increase in biodiversity, as it provides a healthy habitat for small fishes, shrimp, birds and other... More »
Study Predicts 200 Feet Of Sea Level Rise If All Fossil Fuels Are BurnedLast Updated on 2015-09-17 19:16:52
"To be blunt: If we burn it all, we melt it all."
So says Ricarda Winkelmann, the lead author of a new paper that paints a dire picture of our planet should we continue to extract and burn the world's coal, oil and natural gas reserves.
Published Friday in the journal Science Advances, the study forecasts sea levels rising more than 200 feet should all fossil fuels be used by humanity. In such a scenario, the entire ice sheet covering Antarctica, as well as every bit of land ice on Earth, would melt.
Winkelmann spoke to The New York Times on Friday about her team's research, which found the rate of melting could occur far more quickly than scientists had expected. Ken Caldeira, a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science and co-author of the paper, told NPR the planet could see 2 or 3 feet of sea level rise this century if current trends... More »
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