Travel and Tourism Industry
A Global Economic and Environmental Force Travel and tourism is today the world’s largest industry and is also among the fastest growing economic sectors. The travel and tourism industry accounts for 10.2% of the world’s total economic output ($3.53 trillion), 194.6 million jobs (1 out of 13 jobs on the planet) and is expected to grow 4.6% annually during each of the next 10 years...read more
EcoTourism: Principles, Practices and Policies - a summary of the United Nations Report
EcoTraveler: With careful consideration of the critical components of ecotourism, the research team adopted the following definition for research purposes:(this definition was selected by the students working in the Eco Traveler Project NAU under the guidance of Professor Claudia Jurawski).
"Ecotourism is responsible travel to relatively undisturbed areas. The experience focuses on conserving natural and cultural resources, educating the tourists and the community and miniminzing negative aspects of tourism while contributing profitability back to the local community."
The definition encompasses all the principles of ecotourism and allows standards to be set in order to classify different levels of ecotourism.
Why not consider becoming a conscious eco-traveler? You have the unique opportunity to create positive change as you travel. “How do I start?” you might be thinking. And if you are, that’s great because it means you care about our natural world. And you’re willing to take a look at how to help preserve the places you love for your family and friends and everyone else who loves to travel to beautiful places. Acting consciously now will preserve the world’s natural wonders—wherever they are—for generations to come.
How is it done? By simply paying attention and asking the right questions. Where are the eco-friendly places to visit in the area? What are the unique and outstanding natural environments to explore? What is there to learn about the local culture and history? And what about the resort or hotel where you’re staying? Can you gently prod and nudge your travel hosts to think green… to go sustainable, to take responsibility for their piece of the planet?
- Take only pictures, leave only footprints
Spend your money locally
- Conserve resources, fewer showers, reuse towels/linens
- Walk whenever possible
- Stay on the trails
- Gain cultural knowledge
- Use the least polluting transportation
- Eat local produce
Eco Hosts - Resort Conservation Model to help travel hosts and hospitality professionals move toward sustainability. A step-by-step, phased-in process can have excellent long-term results. Adopting specific solutions to conserve energy and water, reducing and recycling waste, and a host of other approaches makes sound economic sense. Going green is good! Good for the consumer of travel, good for resorts, B & Bs, hotels and motels. And good for the economy as more and more people are employed in the sustainable/green industries.
LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) provides a complete framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals. Based on well-founded scientific standards, LEED emphasizes state of the art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality~