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.
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 »
Whose responsibility is it, anyway?Last Updated on 2014-10-30 01:15:44“We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism. Land can be healthy or sick, fertile or barren, rich or poor, lovingly nurtured or bled white. Our present attitudes and laws governing the ownership and use of land represent an abuse of the concept of private property.... Today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see and nobody calls the cops.” Paul Brooks, The Pursuit of Wilderness (1971)
This quote from Paul Brooks begs a question: who is responsible for the quality of the environment? There are a few ways to think about this. Is it the tourism industry? Is it the tourists themselves? Is it the companies that provide the services? Or is it all of the above?
When one thinks of a travel adventure, oftentimes visions of natural beauty come to mind – a stroll on a pristine beach at... More »
The Responsibility of Environmental Quality Last Updated on 2014-10-29 10:15:51Environmental quality is the responsibility of the tourism industry, the tourist business, the tourists, the suppliers, and the developers. These entities work together to create sustainable tourism, playing a significant role and influencing each other.
The Tourism Industry
The tourism industry is the umbrella that everything else falls under. Focusing on sustainable tourism practices sets a standard for other sectors in the world to follow. The tourism industry is the fastest growing industry in the world---relatively unknown places are being visited and well known destinations are significantly increasing in popularity. The environmental quality of destinations is a reflection of the tourism industry and what it deems to be acceptable for the most part. Because this industry is growing so quickly, it has the power to shift toward being ecofriendly and sustainable on a global scale.... More »
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 »
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