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.
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 »
Environmentally Sound Tourism Strategy for Surfside, FL Last Updated on 2014-10-08 16:41:53In developing an environmentally sound tourism strategy I would focus on the same principles sustainable tourism focuses on: environmental, economic, and sociocultural. It is important to keep the environmental impact as low as possible while still generating profit and respecting the locals. I will be developing a strategy for the town of Surfside, Florida. I spent my childhood in this beach town consisting of about 50% land, 50% water, located minutes away from Miami Beach, attracting tourists from around the world. The 2005 population of Surfside is a mere 4,710, it is a very residential area with shops and restaurants walking distance.
Many of the hotels in Surfside are located right on the beach, important for bringing in tourism. My plan for hotels would require that they have a zero tolerance policy for littering and lack of recycling. Hotel guests may bring food and... More »
The Tourism Industry - Might its growth be its own worst enemy?Last Updated on 2014-09-25 18:27:51In many ways, the tourism industry has been a quiet, steadily growing giant. Since the post-World War II era, according to the World Tourism Organization (WTO), international stayover tourists have grown 30-fold. The WTO reports that by 2003 the international tourism receipts increased by a factor of 235, from post-WWII, from approximately $2 billion to $474 billion.
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This growth is welcome in many ways.
Direct jobs: according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in 2003, global tourism is attributed to have created 67 million direct jobs and a direct contribution of $1.28 trillion. This was 3.7% of the global cumulative gross domestic product (GDP).
Indirect jobs: as a result of the supply chain needed to support this growth, the industry has indirectly supported growth in other... More »
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