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
Strategies to Improve the Coastal Habitat and Cultural Heritage of Cancun, Mexico’s Mass Tourism Impacts. Last Updated on 2015-04-13 19:50:36
Cancun, Mexico, well known for its mass tourism year round, has been praised as an economic success worldwide for its tourism based coastal development. The white sandy beaches, sunny weather, and unbeatable all inclusive hotel rates have lifted the country’s tourism industry to be the country’s second largest source of income (Pelas, 2011). This coastal destination is in the L-shaped barrier island of the state Quintana Roo, which originally was inhabited by the Mayan indigenous community. Before the coastal development, the Mayans lived isolated lacking electricity and sewage systems. Their isolation helped the Mayans to maintain many of the same traditions as their ancestors (Pelas, 2011). In the 1960’s, the country was interested in opening new industries, which would generate foreign investment with the least amount of risks (Pelas, 2011). All parties... More »
Miami Beach Coastal Habitat and Cultural Heritage: Tourism Applications in Planning for RelienceLast Updated on 2015-04-12 17:59:12
A healthy marine ecosystem is dependent on the protection of coastal habitats and cultural heritage. A big portion of the tourism industry heavily relies on an integrated coastal zone management for its continuous success. In comparison to the protection of twelve percent national parks, only a two percent of the ocean is protected around the world. Sea life depends on beaches, estuaries, sea grass and wetlands for their survival while tourism depends on clean and healthy beaches for its economy. In Miami Beach, engineered development has overwhelmingly minimized the existence of important marine ecosystems. Current infrastructure planning is working towards making the most out of the area before it goes under water. Pumps stations are being installed to inject water 80-100 feet into the ground and with a 20 year life service before they need extension. One of the biggest challenges... More »
Preserving the Culture and Coastal Environment of BarbadosLast Updated on 2015-04-12 17:55:49Introduction:
Barbados is a small island in the Caribbean. Its capital, Bridgetown, is the largest city in the region and is a popular port of call for many Caribbean cruise ships. Because of its popularity as a tourist destination, Barbados’ economy depends heavily on its environmental and cultural assets, and the country must protect its heritage and marine ecosystems to support its economy.
A Short History of Barbados:
Barbados was reportedly first settled by Amerindians from Venezuela who were farmers, growing crops such as cassava, corn, cotton, guava, peanuts, papayas, and more (Barbados.org, 2015). In 1200, the Carib Indians conquered the Amerindians (the Arawaks), but in modern day, this culture is very rare. The Portugese came and named the island “Los Barbados”, a word for beard that is thought to refer to the many fig trees, which resemble long... More »
Panama City, Panama: Restoring historyLast Updated on 2015-04-12 17:21:35Panama City, Panama: Restoring history
While traveling to Panama City I had the honor of learning more about the rich cultural heritage and coastal habitat from my taxi drive Louie, who grew up in Panama, who also drove me around Panama to share its history. He explained his deep pride for his country but also his deep concern for the environmental degradation caused by centuries of destruction and extraction and lack of environmental enforcement. While walking around the city and witnessing the environmental destruction from deforestation, mangrove extraction, and severely polluted oceans, I was concerned and astounded. Louie then mentioned that beyond the environmental destruction, Panama City inhabitants cannot enjoy their beaches because they are mostly void of mangroves, and have encountered severe coastal erosion and toxic and solid pollution. My first impressions of Panama City,... More »
Benefits to Protecting Coastal HabitatsLast Updated on 2015-03-29 20:55:46Healthy coastal environments offer many environmental, economic and social benefits. They can be any of the following: Estuaries, mangroves, lagoons, beaches, dunes, saltmarshes, estuaries, mudflats, coral reefs and mangrove forests. Protecting and in some cases, restoring, coastal habitats can have numerous beneficial impacts, such as food production, biodiversity, recreation, economic opportunities, and community resiliency.
“Healthy coastal habitats produce more food per acre than the richest Midwestern farmland. Estuaries are home to nearly all major fishery species and support millions of anglers” (NOAA, 2008). Development and mangrove removal on these sites can destroy entire ecosystems and fishing grounds for locals, reducing local food supply, requiring more imports, leading to more food miles and greenhouse gas emissions. Restoring these sites... More »
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