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
Whose responsibility is it, anyway?Last Updated on 2014-10-30 01:15:44“We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism. Land can be healthy or sick, fertile or barren, rich or poor, lovingly nurtured or bled white. Our present attitudes and laws governing the ownership and use of land represent an abuse of the concept of private property.... Today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see and nobody calls the cops.” Paul Brooks, The Pursuit of Wilderness (1971)
This quote from Paul Brooks begs a question: who is responsible for the quality of the environment? There are a few ways to think about this. Is it the tourism industry? Is it the tourists themselves? Is it the companies that provide the services? Or is it all of the above?
When one thinks of a travel adventure, oftentimes visions of natural beauty come to mind – a stroll on a pristine beach at... More »
The Responsibility of Environmental Quality Last Updated on 2014-10-29 10:15:51Environmental quality is the responsibility of the tourism industry, the tourist business, the tourists, the suppliers, and the developers. These entities work together to create sustainable tourism, playing a significant role and influencing each other.
The Tourism Industry
The tourism industry is the umbrella that everything else falls under. Focusing on sustainable tourism practices sets a standard for other sectors in the world to follow. The tourism industry is the fastest growing industry in the world---relatively unknown places are being visited and well known destinations are significantly increasing in popularity. The environmental quality of destinations is a reflection of the tourism industry and what it deems to be acceptable for the most part. Because this industry is growing so quickly, it has the power to shift toward being ecofriendly and sustainable on a global scale.... More »
The "Sleeping Bear" of SustainabilityLast Updated on 2014-10-13 16:50:46On a recent visit to the Great Lakes of Northern Michigan, I had the chance to experience something I had never even thought was possible. Despite living in a coastal city for most of my life, for the first time I got a chance to run down a beach which sits at a 45 degree incline and hugs a lake. This was of course no ordinary beach. This was Sleeping Bear National Park. Every year, tourists travel in droves to Traverse City,Michigan and from there, it is just a short leap to Sleeping Bear. I must say that it was one of the most beautiful and unique national parks i have ever had the opportunity to visit. Nevertheless, I can imagine this not being the case if it were not for the principals of sustainability which are being implemented to protect and preserve this natural resource.
Tourism is everything here. Starting from the moment you drive... More »
Tourism in Rio de JaneiroLast Updated on 2014-10-08 16:58:27
Visiting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was one of my favorite trips that I have taken. I went in March of 2013 and I stayed in Copacabana Beach. Tourism has done Rio very well, especially economically. Many businesses are constantly busy catering to tourists. The cafes and shops right near the beach and the tourist places like Copacabana and Ipanema are always busy, selling food, merchandise, and other products to tourists in need. I am half Brazilian and have grown up with the typical food from Brazil—rice, beans, meat, and vegetables along with other classic dishes such as feijoada, a bean stew with different meats in it. The food throughout Rio was authentic and consistent with typical Brazilian dishes that locals and tourists enjoy.
Most people do not go to Rio without visiting Christ the Redeemer, a Wonder of the World, and Sugarloaf Mountain, a Natural Wonder of the World. These... More »
Major Threats to Tourism Last Updated on 2014-10-08 16:53:39Tourism is the fastest growing industry in the world and with that comes negative impacts. There are several environmental threats that are damaging nature, cities, species population, etc. Tourists travel to see different and unique sites, people, animals, and so on. Climate change is a huge threat to tourism, altering the environment landscape and ecosystems. Global warming plays the lead role in climate change. Anthropogenic global warming has led to the melting of glaciers, a rise in sea surface temperatures, warmer oceans, changes in acidity, destruction of habitats, etc. This post will focus on how climate change has affected tourism in coral reef locations, known for their vast occupancy of areas and bright colors, and the environmental changes they are going through in detail.
A change in sea surface temperature affects the species that live in the oceans. A strong example of... More »
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