What is Sustainable Tourism? Differentiating Sustainable Tourism |||amp; Ecotourism
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What is Sustainable Tourism?
Sustainable tourism is tourism development that avoids damage to the environment, economy and cultures of the locations where it takes place. The aim of sustainable tourism is to ensure that development is a positive experience for local people; tourism companies; and tourists themselves. Under sustainable tourism, it may be unlikely to experience the kind of 'boom and bust' that led to the rapid growth, and then despoliation of locations such as the east coast of Spain in the 1970s.
Ecotourism became popular in the 1980s as a form of tourism that focused exclusively on wildlife, nature or "exotic" cultures. Some research indicates that such tourism may not in fact benefit these communities--as it might lead to them becoming dependent on the tourist economy, without developing skills that would allow them flexibility in the economy and be more of a long term guarantee.
But despite this optimistic objective, sustainable tourism is still not widely understood. For a start, 'sustainable tourism' is not necessarily 'ecotourism'. Ecotourism became popular in the 1980s as a form of tourism that focused exclusively on wildlife, nature, or exotic cultures. Recent research, however, has indicated that such tourism may not actually be good for environment, or for the people who experience this attention. Safaris in Kenya, for example, are undoubtedly 'ecotourism'. But Kenya is full of cases where lions have been forced into erratic behaviour because of excessive tourists, or where the local Masai people have failed to benefit from this kind of development. More importantly, 'ecotourism' does not involve more mainstream beach-or city-based tourism, where impacts are much greater than any nature-based tourism. Sustainable tourism, therefore, is an attempt to improve the impacts of all types of tourism, and this implies seeking ways to build partnerships between tourism companies and local governments or managers of resorts.
But how can sustainable tourism be achieved? Evidence suggests that it requires co-operation between concerned companies and the managers of destinations. It does not, however, require a marked interest from consumers. Some companies have suggested that they will only take steps to achieve sustainable tourism if they recognize a clear 'market demand' for holidays that are overtly 'green' or 'environmentally friendly'. Research, however, has indicated that few tourists want holidays that are 'green' within the mass tourism market; and that holidays that are 'green' may repeat the pitfalls of ecotourism. It may not be profitable or sustainable to encourage market demand for 'green' tourism as this demand may not occur, and also may not lead to sustainable tourism.
Instead, evidence has suggested that sustainable tourism does not have to be advertised as environmentally or culturally sensitive in order to succeed. Research has indicated that profits may be increased simply by adopting some general environmental principles, such as recycling waste, planning for long-term sustainability, and seeking local partnerships for resort management. If these actions result in cleaner, less crowded, holiday resorts, then they are in effect sustainable tourism without being labelled so.
Thailand amounts to more than just beaches and sandy seaside resorts. It boasts lush jungles and forests in which distinctive hill tribes still live. But how can companies and resort managers achieve this kind of success? This question is more controversial. One proposal has been to increase the vertical integration of tourism companies, so that individual companies have greater control over the marketing of holidays, transportation of tourists, and then management of resorts. Such integration may help avoid the disappointment and despoliation of resorts that occurs when tourists interested in conventional mass tourism are sent to sites perhaps better suited to bird watchers or hill walkers, as has occurred in Corfu. But this suggestion, however, is occasionally opposed as it may imply that smaller tourism companies cannot enter the market. Furthermore, reducing competition from smaller companies may result in reducing the pressure for lower prices of holidays. Since the 1980s, the British tourism industry has experienced rapid cuts in prices as a result of deep competition between major companies such as Airtours, First Choice, and Thompson. But it is generally the presence of competition from smaller, less regulated, companies that leads to the rapid over-development of resorts, or the reluctance of large companies to increase their costs by attending to the long-term sustainability of locations.
Do you think the distinction between sustainable tourism and ecotourism is useful?
The achievement of sustainable tourism, therefore depends in part on providing the right incentives for companies and resort managers to reduce the negative impacts of tourism, and then a variety of local practical steps (such as limiting numbers, or zoning land use) to reduce these impacts. But in the long term, the ultimate achievement of sustainable tourism also requires tourists and companies to think more about how tourism may impact on other people's homes and livelihoods. Marcel Proust once wrote that most tourists seem to want to travel through one hundred countries with one pair of eyes, whereas the best journey would be to travel through one country with a hundred pair of eyes. By seeking more diversity and depth in holiday destinations, tourists may help avoid the impacts of tourism on destinations, and also achieve a more satisfying experience.
FAM TRIP DE TURISMO SOSTENIBLE, GUATEMALA
Reciba un cordial saludo en nombre de la Asociación Guatemalteca de Exportadores AGEXPORT. Asimismo, quiero aprovechar esta comunicación para informarle que nuestra Comisión del área de servicios diversos, ha organizado la 2da. Cumbre de Exportaciones de Servicios SERVICE SUMMIT 2009, la cual se llevará a cabo del 10 al 12 de septiembre, en el Hotel Westin Camino Real de Guatemala.
Los sectores participantes que se presentarán son: Turismo Sostenible, Contact Center & BPO, Sofex, Laboratorios, Turismo de Salud y Bienestar.
Por tal motivo, tenemos un gran interés en invitar a las empresas mayoristas de turismo, ya que este evento ofrece la oportunidad de realizar alianzas estratégicas, encontrar nuevos proveedores de turismo sostenible, conocer la oferta de Guatemala y más.
La Comisión de Turismo Sostenible brindará un incentivo a las empresas mayoristas de turismo un FAM TRIP de 9 días/8 noches , el cual incluye: cena de bienvenida, transportes durante el recorrido, guía turístico, alojamiento, todas las comidas, boleto aéreo Guatemala-Flores-Guatemala, Acceso total a Service Summit, Rueda de Negocios y Assist Card.
Para aplicar a este incentivo de FAM TRIP es importante que las empresas sean “Mayoristas e Inversionistas de Turismo” y que llenen el formulario de inscripción de visitante, el cual es presentado ante el Comité Organizador para que sea evaluado y posterior ellos darán la aprobación del incentivo del FAM TRIP.
Las fechas para recibir formularios de inscripción son:
Mes: 16, 23 y 30 de junio.
Mes: 7, 14 de julio.
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APTSO Newsletter June 2009 / NOTI-APTSO Junio 2009
APTSO Newsletter April 2009 / NOTI-APTSO Abril 2009
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Guia: Panama Turismo Sostenible
APTSO Evento - APTSO Event
Presentacion: Guia Practica de Turismo Sostenible / Practical Guide to Sustainable Tourism Presentation
APTSO Newlsetter March 2009 / NOTI-APTSO Marzo 2009
We are all experiencing changes in our business. The world financial crisis and even the local politics move us toward changes in our business. Is a time of opportunity and positive changes.
The global tourism industry is focused more each day on sustainable solutions to improve the economic aspects business. We see then, the importance of the local business, the strategic alliances and the good practices in tourism. No longer is it only about saving money, now it is also important to attract more visitors, that the sustainable practices are real and not another marketing strategy.
We ask that you write to us at APTSO and request the manuals we have in our offices that can be tools for the implementation of sustainable solutions in your business.
We also invite you, to be a part of the board of tourist products of APTSO. This board will be distributed internationally in fairs and tourist events. If your property or product complies with the known sustainability indicators, we invite you to send your data to us:
- Name of the hotel and location,
- Facilities included in the property
- Information about the rooms
- Types of tourism offered
- Contact information
- Naturalist guides
- Community services
If you know of any other parties that may meet these requirements, please ask them to send their information to us so that we might review it as well.
Green greetings and we hope that you enjoy this edition of the APTSO newsletter.
Practical Marine Guide:
For those interested in the Sustainable Management in Marine Recreation, we recommend that you read and put in practice the Practical Guide of Maine Good Practices. This guide that APTSO has in its offices, is distributed free. More and more each day the travel agencies, hotels, cruiselines and clients in general, are declaring a preference for suppliers that have adopted good environmental practices. For that reason, this guide is directed at suppliers in marine recreation; diving, boat rental and tours to observe marine life. Those who are interested in obtaining a copy should write to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will happily forward the information to you.
Three Steps Toward Sustainability. The initiative of Tour Operators for the Development of Sustainable Tourism (TOI by its acronyms in English) is a group of tour operators concerned about sustainable tourism development who recognize the importance of the contributing to its development. This contribution is necessary to successfully implement the strategies and individual actions towards sustainability. Since its launch in the year 2000, the TOI has supplied a neutral platform to share and refine ideas; and has been a mechanism for creation of a common focus toward the sustainability that builds and elevates the individual results of its members. Their manual's objective is to be utilized as general guide for tour operators that seek to integrate sustainability through their supply chains. Those who are interested in receiving this manual can write to email@example.com and we will happily send you a copy.
Kenton R. Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Area Sustainability open for Nominations
The 2009 Miller Award will recognize individuals that have innovated a new mechanism, policy, tool, or field practice that will promotes the sustainability of Wilderness Areas. IUCN WCPA and the Wild Foundation will present the Kenton Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Areas Sustainability at Wild 9, the 9th World Wilderness Congress, Merida Mexico, 3-8 November 2009 For more information
Esteemed members, we invite you to collaborate with us on the ATSO newsletter. If you have photographs, information or experiences that you would like to share, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will happily publish your contribution.
Primer Foro de Turismo Sostenible en Panama
Desarrollo Participativo y Vision Conjunta
Dia: 20 de noviembre, 2007
Lugar: MARTA (Museo Antropólogico Reina Torres de Araúz)
Hora: 1.00PM - 6.00PM
Entre las presentaciones:
Reservas Privadas y Vínculos con la Comunidad
Museo de la Biodiversidad
Panama Rainforest Discovery Center en Pipeline Road
y mucho más.
Ven a conocer las nuevas tendencias en Turismo.
$15.00 para miembros
$25.00 para no miembros
$10.00 para estudiantes y comunidades