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.
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 »
Sustainable Tourism: An Opportunity for Implementing the UN Sustainable Development GoalsLast Updated on 2015-08-24 13:44:42This week, I had the opportunity to attend the United Nations High Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) as a guest of the UNWTO.
The HLPF on sustainable development is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development. It provides political leadership, guidance and recommendations. It follows up and reviews the implementation of sustainable development commitments. It addresses new and emerging challenges; promotes the science-policy interface and enhances the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
The HLPF meets every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the General Assembly and every year under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council.
The meeting focused on the proposed 17 Sustainable Deveopment Goals (SDG's) that will replace the expiring... More »
Marriott International announces Water Conservation Results on World Water DayLast Updated on 2015-04-30 15:16:43
Tatiana Rokou - 24 March 2015, 08:19
BETHESDA, MD. - On the eve of World Water Day, Marriott International announced that global water intensity in its worldwide managed hotels decreased in 2014 by 5.3 percent over 2013, and 16.3 percent compared to 2007.
Marriott is committed to working with its properties to identify projects and procedures to aid in water conservation. In 2007, the company set 2020 goals to reduce water consumption by 20 percent, as well as energy reductions of 20 percent across its managed portfolio of hotels worldwide, as part of a broader global sustainability strategy.
"We are extremely pleased with our 2014 water intensity results," said Denise Naguib, vice president, sustainability and supplier diversity, Marriott International. "Water conservation is an area of sustainability where hotels, associates, and guests can directly aid the... More »
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