Posted by: akooness | March 26, 2008

Sustainable Tourism

Is sustainable tourism really achievable? I would personally say that it is challenging, and not entirely achievable. Let’s understand, first, what is sustainable tourism? Sustainable tourism targets to have a low impact on the environment and the culture of the world, but still aiming to earn some income, leave people employed, or get more employment, and keep the ecosystem safe.

My view can be supported by Rachel Dodds, a specialist in the tourism industry and holding a PhD, she also believes that sustainable tourism isn’t completely doable but it can be more sustainable than it is presently. The reason to this statement is nothing else but the tourism industries and the tourists. For a tourism industry to survive, it is very essential for it to plan ecologically, and economically. As the tourism business develops, it affects the natural resources, utilization patterns, pollution, and communal organizations.

Facts state that over 842 million people travelled globally in the year 2005 and it is likely to get to 1.6 million in 2010. The typical tourist receipt is $685 per human being. The World Trade Organization, also known as the WTO, files globally more than 600 million cross-border tourism and business trips with the minimal of one overnight stay. Plus there is an approximate 2,000 million journeys in domestic boundaries of nations.

This shows us how tourism is a fairly large business and an immense threat to our nature. If we think long-term then it is natural that if the environment starts wearing off, then there will be less people to appreciate it, which means only a few tourists, and that will lead for the tourism industry to shut down the lid of their companies. Some of the environmental effects can be permanent and very dangerous. Biodiversity, the measure of wellbeing of the organic systems, has declined by 40% from 1970 to 2000. The western world, presently consisting of 17% of the world’s residents, consumes 52% of the entire universal power. The water level of the ocean is expected to increase by 70 centimetres within 10 years. At a rate of one per three minutes, a species of animal or plant life fades away. On an average, a European makes use of fourteen times more energy than one residing in India. Yields of rice, maize, and wheat in humid regions could crash by 10% for every one degree increase in temperature greater than 34 degrees Celsius. Working towards ecotourism won’t only help the ecology, but also the people dying because of the lack of food. Protecting the environment will lead to a better future. The more the tourism industry exercises safe or protected tourism the better their future.

There is no complete solution to achieve a target like sustainable tourism, but it is still possible to have a safer living environment, and a much more beautiful looking scenery, just by little acts, such as recycling, saving water, changing sheets and towels less often.

My personal question would be: “If we ignore sustainable tourism, and stay at the rate we are destroying the environment, would any tourist like to visit the beaches of Florida in the near future?” Mostly not, because no one would like to swim with the chemical waste that industries chucked away, nor would anyone would like to stand on a beach full of broken alcoholic bottles. The first step to ecotourism would be to cut down on the usage of excess electricity, excess usage of cars to move around nearby places, and condense laundry water temperature.

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