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
Anatara Kihavah Villas goes to Sea with marine biologist Joseph LassusLast Updated on 2014-07-06 09:59:09
Situated in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll island archipelago, Anantara Kihavah Villas is the perfect place from which to enjoy the underwater world of the Indian Ocean. Here, you can snorkel some of the world’s most treasured reefs, explore uninhabited deserted islands, or cruise in solitude into a tapestry of unimaginable colors.
Recovering from the 1998 El Nino that destroyed most of the country’s shallow reef coral, in June 2011 UNESCO declared the Baa Atoll a Biosphere Reserve. Operating as an eco-conscious beach resort, Anantara Kihava Villas has been dedicated to supporting the recovery since opening in 2012. This luxury resort counts among Green Globe’s top performing members.
In its commitment to protect and preserve the environment, the property has... More »
From Despair to Repair: Dramatic Decline of Caribbean Corals Can Be ReversedLast Updated on 2014-07-02 13:46:18Gland, Switzerland, 02 July 2014 – With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The report, Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012, is the most detailed and comprehensive study of its kind published to date – the result of the work of 90 experts over the course of three years. It contains the analysis of more than 35,000 surveys conducted at 90 Caribbean locations since 1970, including studies of corals, seaweeds, grazing sea urchins and fish.
The results show that the Caribbean corals have declined by more than 50% since the... More »
Living Shorelines Protect Coastal HabitatsLast Updated on 2014-04-12 22:55:33 A stable shoreline is essential to protect coastlines from erosion, sea level rise, tidal surge, and storm events. There are two main techniques for shoreline protection: 1) hardened structures and/or 2) coastal habitat. Hardened structures (e.g. seawalls, revetments, and bulkheads) have been shown in many circumstances to do considerably more harm than good. For example, structures built at one location can have potentially devastating impacts on adjacent properties, as the structures can alter natural soil accretion processes that build beaches and shorelines and they can perpetuate or even accelerate coastal erosion. Additionally, hardened shorelines are not readily adaptable to sea level rise and in fact, can gradually undermine the ground landward of the hardened structure due to relentless wave energy continually loosening soil and washing... More »
Caladesi Island State Park & Clean MarinaLast Updated on 2014-04-12 22:50:46Caladesi Island State Park is a natural gem in the highly populous areas surrounding Clearwater and Dunedin Florida. Only accessible by boat or foot from Clearwater Beach, the park features a consistently highly rated beach, three miles of nature trails through pine and scrub ecosystems, a 2.8 mile kayak trail through mangrove tunnels, and a designated Clean Marina.Wildlife is quite diverse and includes Gopher Tortoises, an array of bird species, and a prolific fishery. the park also features the remains of an early homestead, and educational materials on life on the island. The marina, located on the bay side of the island, is well maintained and features 108 floating dock slips with power and water hookups, as well as restrooms and showers. The marina, due to its location, is slightly more primitive than its mainland counterparts, but this all adds to its charm. As a Clean... More »
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