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
Rising Ocean Temperatures May Mean Sea Turtles Stop Basking On LandLast Updated on 2015-01-27 10:06:09
Warmer oceans will put the chill on sea turtle behavior, causing the endangered animals to stop basking on beaches within the next century.
That's the surprising take-away from a new analysis of turtle surveys and satellite data published Jan. 14, 2015 in the journal Biology Letters.
The big green turtles--adults weigh 240 to 420 pounds and have carapaces spanning three to four feet--gather on sunny beaches around the world to raise their body temperatures. The cooler the ocean, the more they bask.
But the analysis--a close look at six years of turtle surveys and 24 years of satellite data--suggests the behavior will end globally by 2102 if global warming trends continue. In Hawaii, the primary focus of the new research, it could end as soon as 2039.
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Sea Level Rise in South Beach Last Updated on 2015-01-26 14:20:14For anyone that has been to South Beach, they know that basically wherever they turn, the ocean is surrounding them. Whether it’s seen from high story balconies or a few blocks inland, the water surrounds the popular tourist area. The proximity of the ocean is definitely a perk for tourists and businesses in the area, however it is an issue with the threat of sea level rise in the area.
City officials plan to raise West Avenue, a popular street in the South Beach area, between one and half to two feet in the upcoming years in order to better prepare for the expected sea level rise. In order to raise the road, there will have to be improvements in storm water drainage and sewage that will install more pumps to prevent flooding from rain and high tides.
The Public Works director is emphasizing that it is better to focus on raising the underground infrastructure instead of redoing... More »
One Caribbean Country’s approach to Geotourism: “Pure Grenada”Last Updated on 2014-12-01 15:14:27The tri-island state of Grenada is the smallest independent country in the Western Hemisphere. When people hear a reference to Grenada, it may conjure up different images for different people. I think about Grenada as the place that my brother considered attending medical
school. Some people may reflect on the 1983 U.S. invasion of the country, when the Reagan administration sent in forces to prevent a spread of Communism in the Caribbean. And some may instantly think about the island’s natural beauty, with its volcanic crater lakes, bubbling hot springs, waterfalls, and a dense rainforest that houses an abundance of plant and animal life.
Grenada’s tourism officials put their money on people soon thinking about the island as “Pure Grenada.” Led by the global advertising giant, Inglefield/Ogilvy & Mather, a “Pure Grenada” campaign,... More »
Machu Picchu: The Prime Example of GeotourismLast Updated on 2014-12-01 14:51:05Machu Picchu is a historic site designed by the Inca Empire, currently located in the modern day Cusco Region in Peru. The site dates back to the 15th century and is known as the “Lost City” due its recent discovery in 1911, centuries after the Spanish Explorers took over the Empire and its region. The site is over 7,000 feet above sea level where it is believed that roughly 1,200 people could have lived at one point, although many believe it was used more as a retreat for the Incan rulers. Machu Picchu is separated into three areas: agricultural, urban, and religious. The various structures all fit under these areas, located specifically to accommodate living, agriculture, water collection, and religious ceremonies.
Preserving Machu Picchu falls under geotourism, tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place focusing on its environment,... More »
Tourism Opportunities to Protect the Sea TurtlesLast Updated on 2014-11-28 12:34:59The Tour de Turtles race is over this year, with Panama Jack and Calypso Blue III taking first and second. It's amazing that Panama Jack actually traveled 2,828 miles during the 90-day race. That is a lot of swimming.
Started in 2008, the Tour de Turtles is a fun, educational journey through the science, research and geography of sea turtle migration using satellite telemetry. Created by Sea Turtle Conservancy, with help from sponsors and partners, this event follows the marathon migration of sea turtles, representing different species, from their nesting beaches to their foraging grounds. 2014 is the seventh year of the Tour de Turtles and followed the migration of 11 sea turtles, representing four or five different species.
I have had the good fortune of participating in the Tour de Turtles the last two years.
This year we woke up to a beautiful sunrise we watched outside our... More »
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