if we are to save desinations from ‘overtourism’ we need better travellers - buy plastic water bottles
The word has only recently started to cross our path in the world of tourism and tourism, but now it has a name and we hear it almost every day.
According to Skift, a travel research firm, over-travel has become the mainstream, popular tourist destinations such as Barcelona, Venice, Machu Picchu, and the recent film Beach, the idyllic Bay, have taken drastic action to reduce the negative impact of "too much" tourism.
The list of affected destinations is increasing-the daily visitor limit for Dubrovnik is 4,000;
Boracay, Philippines closed six months for tourists;
Now, the famous Greek island of Santorini faces the threat of overcrowding.
In order to ensure its survival, people have to close the entire beach or island, which seems quite intense, but when you struggle with the bad behavior of a group of inconsiderate tourists, this is certainly the last resort.
We talked a lot about protecting the environment and environmental awareness, but it doesn't always extend to taking responsible actions on business trips or vacations.
You recycle at home, but do you recycle when you are on vacation?
You are sensitive to different cultures in the office, but will you take the time to read the culture of the locals at your holiday destination?
There is no holiday as a responsible citizen of the world.
The travel company itself is involved in a series of active and responsible travel plans.
Recently, travel companies and TreadRight announced a ban on singles --
The use of plastic in all travel brands around the world-Hurtigruten, Hilton and Alaska Airlines have also taken this initiative.
This is a good start.
Another step in the right direction for tourism is to influence our customers to travel more sustainably.
We certainly do not advocate that people stop traveling altogether.
Instead, we say that we need to change the way we travel so that the impact on our holiday or business destination increases meaningful value, not negative.
There are three pillars of sustainable tourism, and, as defined by the World Tourism Organization, a "proper balance" must be established between the three pillars to ensure their long-term development
Sustainable development: Environment: optimal use of environmental resources that constitute a key element of tourism development, maintenance of basic ecological processes, and help to protect natural heritage and biodiversity. Socio-
: Respect the socio-cultural authenticity of the host community, protect their architectural and living cultural heritage and traditional values, and contribute to the international community
Cultural understanding and tolerance;
And the economy: to ensure a viable, long-term
Economic operation, providing socio-economic benefits to all fairly distributed stakeholders, including stable employment and income
Create opportunities and social services to host communities and contribute to poverty reduction.
If, like me, you want to be a responsible traveler when you are on your next business trip or on vacation with your family, here are some simple things that can be done to protect our world for the next generation of "travellers": as a responsible traveler, consistent with socially responsible travel experts, first of all, align yourself with travel brands that strive to maintain a high level of social responsibility.
This is one of the easiest ways to give back when you travel.
The flight center has a flight Center Foundation to provide grants to disadvantaged children in grades 8 to 3.
Talk to local tourism experts about their suggestions for ecology
Friendly accommodation, sustainable tourism activities and destinations where you can contribute to the protection of the environment.
Brands like G Adventure are perfect for this.
They offer a real and sustainable approach to small businesses
Group trip to off-the-
Power grid destinations in Peru, India, and even the Arctic.
Use selfless travel products when one talks about giving back
Advice is usually voluntary and it's a good way to give back, but it's not the only way, according to co-op Rochele le Roux
One of the founders of SpiritGirls.
She said: "from the products you buy for your trip, from body lotion to clothes. Our earth-
Love sportswear fabric made of recycled plastic bottles (recycled PET).
They are not only eco-friendly.
Friendly and very suitable for traveling.
"Start supporting local residents while traveling and avoid mass purchases
Make souvenirs and eat hotel meals.
Choose handmade crafts made of sustainable and recycled materials and buy food from some of the local hot spots.
According to Louise de Val, founder of Green girls in Africa, not only will you support the locals directly, but you will also leave with meaningful souvenirs and gifts for friends and family at home, A sustainable blog based in South Africa.
"This is one of the easiest ways to get you around on your trip looking for ways to give back.
Even taking the time to immerse yourself in local customs and traditions is a step in the right direction, offering thanks to those who can't get your luxury.
"In addition to aligning yourself with meaningful travel brands and experts, social media is also a great way to start educating others and raising awareness of local initiatives encountered in travel that need support.
So when you start planning your holiday in December, as many South Africans start to do, think about what else you can do to be a better traveler, so that the "visitor home" banner we start seeing at the world's most popular tourist destination will be replaced again by the welcome banner.