Posts Tagged ‘Sustainable Tourism’

How Do We Ensure Sustainable Tourism? TreadRight

1430843_75984981The TreadRight Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to guaranteeing the health of the environment and that the communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. More than $2.5 million has been donated to sustainable tourism projects and partners like WWFConservation International, and The National Trust. The projects they support must meet key criteria:

*Conservation and protection of the environment, wildlife, and cultural heritage sites

*Relief of poverty and the improvement of the conditions of life in socially and economically disadvantaged communities through community involvement in sustainable tourism initiatives

*Promotion of sustainable tourism as a means to achieve economic growth and regeneration

There are four themes in which projects are pursued: Biodiversity, Community, Leadership, and Water. This organization, a joint venture with The Travel Corporation brands, sets the bar high for other travel and hospitality companies to step up their game. A recent new venture is support of the National Geographic Travel World Legacy Awards.

The foundation website even includes a great graphic and 25 tips for traveling responsibly–food for thought from some folks doing it right.

 

 

Hawaii Sustainable Tourism Certified Operators

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is important. It is easy to think of ecotourism and being responsible to the land when the land is as breathtakingly gorgeous as the Hawai`ian Islands…now if we can think this way everywhere!

Today, celebrate the 2014-2016 Sustainable Tourism Certified Operators of the Hawai`ian Islands. These businesses choose to go above and beyond normal standards, committing genuine energy and education about conserving the islands’ ecosystems and culture. This list is compiled by Hawaii Ecotourism Association, a non-profit that has, for the past 20 years, held island tourism to a higher standard. They are true industry leaders–if you are traveling to the islands (take me with you!)–please look to and explore these businesses for tours and activities:

Island of Oahu, Heart of Hawaii
– Atlantis Submarines Hawaii (Atlantis Adventures – Oahu, Maui & BI)
– Bike Hawaii
– Holokai Kayak & Snorkel Adventure
– Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks
– Ko Olina Ocean Adventures
– Kualoa Ranch
– Pacific Islands Institute
– Wild Side Specialty Tours

Visit Maui
– Hawaiian Paddle Sports
– Maui Kayak Adventures
– Pacific Whale Foundation
– Trilogy Excursions

Big Island Visitors Bureau
– Big Island Divers
– Fair Wind Cruises
– Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (Hawaiian Legacy Tours)
– VolcanoDiscovery Hawai`i
– KapohoKine Adventures (pending)

Kauai Visitors Bureau
 Island Sails Kaua’i (pending)

Harvard Course in Sustainable Tourism

I wish I could have found a class like this when I was in college–I’m pretty impressed with a new course being offered at Harvard this fall: Environmental Management of International Tourism Development. It is all about how to keep us as a world traveling and getting to know other people and cultures, while not stomping on and destroying the places we seek out.

Megan Epler Wood is teaching, and students will look at the ways the global tourism industry has been doing so far, and then how to examine ways in which mainstream tourism companies can address the challenge of environmental management and impact. It is nice that guest lecturers will visit class from large corporations like Wyndham Hotels, Rock Resorts, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, among others. Professor Wood has been working, via her own company, with developing sustainable tourism in Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Sierra Leone, and Sri Lanka.

I just love, and respect, that the travel industry, or at least some factions therein, is on point on so many levels in finding responsible ways to keep our community a global one, and keep it interactive, and hopefully not beat the crap out of the globe while we’re at it. There is a long way to go, of course, and creating a link to academia is a great way to expand the conversation.