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
Tortuga Turista Update 5Last Updated on 2016-08-22 10:43:07The third week of Tour de Turtles is complete. Tortuga Turista swam 111 miles (179 KM) this past week, 76 miles less than the week before and has dropped to 4t place. Apparently she is enjoying the Florida coastal tourism areas that attract millions each year.
To bad that her satellite transmitter only sends data and that she can't receive messages. If she could we might let her know that she is at Panama City Beach way to early for Spring Break and needs to get going on the race.
Go Tortuga Turista!
Tortuga Turista is currently visiting the Florida coastal waters near Pensacola Beach. Yesterday she was heading west toward New Orleans, LA but today has reversed course.
Reversing direction might not be a bad decision for as Tortuga Turista swims in this part of the Gulf of Mexico she faces the hazard of those commercial fishing operations that do not... More »
Tortuga Turista Update 4Last Updated on 2016-08-21 20:17:07The second week of Tour de Turtles is complete. Tortuga Turista swam 187 miles (302 KM) this past week, 56 miles less than the week before. She has dropped to 3rd place, 62 miles behind Esperanza. Tortuga is 77 miles ahead of 4th place and there is a long way to go and plenty of time left in the race. Go Tortuga Turista!
Tortuga Turista is currently visiting the Florida coastal waters west of Panama City Beach, in the Florida panhandle. Tortuga Turista has now traveled from Panama City, Panama to Panama City Beach, Florida
As Tortuga Turista enters the coastal waters of Florida, the closer she gets to shore, the greater the chance of Boat Strikes increases.
Boat Strikes are a cause that Tour de Turtle racer Kreacher is racing for.
Boat strikes are widely acknowledged as a significant threat to fresh and salt water turtles and other marine animals.... More »
Tortuga Turista Update #2Last Updated on 2016-08-01 10:22:52The Race is On!
After completing 52 days of training Tortuga Turista is has joined 13 other sea turtles in the Tour de Turtles race.
Last week Tortuga Turista traveled 298 miles (480 KM) up the Yucatan Peninsula with a brief stop near the tourist resort of Cancun, Mexico before cruising out to sea. Tortuga just passed by Western Cuba and is currently heading north in the Gulf of Mexico.
This past weekend I attended the Kick-off of Tour de Turtles with the launch of Bailey and Destiny on Saturday.
In partnership with the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) and Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment Team, researchers released two loggerhead sea turtles from Disney’s Vero Beach Resort as part of the ninth annual Tour de Turtles migration marathon.
Scientists will track Destiny and Bailey – named after characters in Disney’s animated film Finding Dory – and... More »
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.
With... More »
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