Since most of the carbon emission as well as over 80% of ocean pollution is land based, there are several strategies that those concerned with sustainable tourism can implement to mitigate these concerns.
The twelve Blue Community strategies were developed in collaboration with Walt Disney World utilizing approaches that not only move tourism to sustainability, but are also proven to be cost effective.
St. Croix - A Caribbean Geo-tourism GemLast Updated on 2015-11-19 22:39:03The island of St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands represents a prime candidate as a geo-tourism destination. Currently, it is one of the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria certified destinations, meaning it already has made huge strides in the field of sustainable tourism to begin with. Teeming with natural beauty, historical elements, and a rich local culture, it is no wonder St. Croix is such a remarkable destination.
Being a part of the Caribbean islands, St. Croix faces a lot of competition with the hundreds of other islands through the Caribbean Sea. As a very eco-friendly location, they are able to put themselves ahead of the crowd and draw in more guests looking for the geo-tourism experience. The island’s tourism bureau provides numerous opportunities for local artisans, restaurateurs, musicians, and people in general to promote their own culture to... More »
Whose Fault is it Anyway?Last Updated on 2015-11-05 15:39:31When it comes to environmental quality, the ultimate question is to whom do we attribute the responsibility of environmental stewardship? To really maintain the wellness of the environment, the tourism industry, tourism suppliers, and even the tourists themselves must be held responsible. In order to fully address sustainability concerns in tourism, all parties must be involved, as all parties can contribute to the impacts experienced by a tourist location.
It can be said that most of the environmental impacts experienced in tourism are at the fault of the tourism industry itself, as the industry and suppliers are the cause of new development and generation of waste within an area. For a more popular area, numerous hotels will be found, meaning increased congestion of traffic, higher quantity of noise pollution and waste, as well as increased use of energy. The costs of this can be... More »
Meeting the Colossus of RhodesLast Updated on 2015-09-30 22:14:35Just across a small channel from Turkey, lying in the Aegean, one can find the island of Rhodes (Ρόδος, in Greek). A small island, Rhodes primarily is untouched aside from its beaches and two major cities of Rodos and Lindos. The island gained its fame as the rumored site of the ancient wonder of the world, the Colossus of Rhodes – a massive statue of a man with a lit torch to stand guard at the entrance to the port of Rhodes (today two columns with statues of deer on top represent the place where his feet stood). The island once served as a fishing and trade outpost, as its location near Turkey but close enough to the other Greek islands allowed it a prime location along trade routes.
At this time, Rhodes does not maintain entirely the same reputation as it did in ancient times – today it serves as a tourist hub for Mediterranean cruise... More »
The Fine Line: Managing Threats to TourismLast Updated on 2015-09-29 14:29:00Tourism is currently one of the world’s largest industries, and while it may be a vast field full of opportunities, it also faces numerous threats to its success. Many of these threats are very clear and apparent, such as environmental degradation, climate shift, and destruction of tourist locales. However, one of the greatest threats to the industry is a little less visible, as it is that of maintaining a balance of over-industrializing and abusing natural resources.
As many tourist destinations are primarily based on the natural appeal and resources of an area, it is a tourist operator’s prime instinct to maximize as much as possible on the land and natural resources of the land. However, throughout the years, many of these operators and developers have exploited the regions in which they build, creating more problems than pleasures. In many areas, over-development and... More »
Climate Change as a Threat to TourismLast Updated on 2015-09-18 10:22:24While there are many threats to tourism I think that the largest threat is climate change. As pointed out by UNEP, “climate change will have consequences for tourism, and tourism is a contributor to climate change” (UNEP, 2005). It is no secret that greenhouse gas emissions are a large contributor to climate change, and travel by tourists to their destinations puts out a lot of CO2. Climate change is effecting coastal destinations with storms, erosion, ocean acidification, loss of wildlife habitats, the list goes on. Mountain areas are feeling the effects with less snowfall in the winters. Combating climate change is no easy task. There is always the question of if climate change is occurring naturally and we are just speeding it up, or are we humans the sole cause of climate change? There are some great efforts to combat climate change. Many towns, businesses, people, and... More »
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