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Transcript of Slow Tourism
What is Slow Tourism?
Slow travel is a state of mind and the idea should start at home by exploring nearby places of interest
The mode of travel is important; travelers should travel slow and avoid aircraft. they should enjoy ferries, local buses and slow trains, as ‘speed destroys the connection with the landscape’
“Travel conducted at a slow pace to enjoy more fully the places visited and the people met. such travel seen as environmentally friendly through its lack of reliance on air transport”
Slow tourism began in Bra, Italy. Along side the Langhe wine district
The origins can be seen in the slow food movement started in the 1980s as a fight back against the McDonaldization of the world.
There is an argument that slow tourism dates back before modern travel when the aristocracy went on “grand tours”
Six Main Elements
Importance of Taking Time
Refers to the speed at which you travel
Travel is an integral element
The mode of travel is important
Slow down to enjoy the cityscape
Foot, cycle, train, coach, and bus travel, but not air and car travel
Cohabitation / Authenticity
Engage with the community
Do as locals do
Get a feel for languages and dialects
Give back something to the local community
Local Markets and Shops are Equally Important
Expression of Environmental Concern
State of mind, should start at home
The journey is a part of the pleasure
Seek out the unexpected
Locality traveled through as a destination
Experience travel both to and around the destination
Began in the year 1986
Fresh Tasting Food from Local Varieties
No GMO foods at all
Reduced Food Miles, Saving on Energy
Gaining Local Knowledge and Control
Survival of Local Recipes and Methods
Enhancement of Local Landscapes
Slowing down your food pace can create many advantages
Increased time with family
Many health benefits
Knowledge gained for the children
Better taste of food
Is It SLOW?
Is It SLOW?
Is It SLOW?
Is It SLOW?
Need for a Shift
“Fast tourism has left significant damage to the natural environment, can impact adversely on community often provides shallow and unfilling holidays and only rarely adequately benefits the local economies.”
A main component in environmental damage caused by traditional tourism is the travel.
Tourism has many negative impacts
Slow tourism was created to minimize these effects
Slow tourism involves decreasing these emissions which can create a healthier environment
So is it Sustainable?
Differing definitions make it hard to say definitively
It is a step in the right direction
It requires a social change in understanding of tourism
The decrease in emissions can only be positive
Less impacts on environment does aid in the sustainability of the product being supplied
Is It SLOW?
The Future of Slow
Is flying to a destination taking away from the slow tourism experience?
Can you do slow tourism on a schedule?
Should slow food be part of slow tourism?
Would you go on a slow tourism experience?
Is being immersed in the culture sustainable or harming to the culture from tourists influence?
Slow Tourism - What's Missing?
There is a lack of emphasis in the literature on the accommodations used in slow tourism
Is it better to use a hotel within walking distance, or a more culturally authentic location that is farther away?
Does slow tourism focus too much on travel?
Perceptions of Slow
“The three pillars of the slow movement, doing things at the right speed, changing attitudes towards time and the use of it, and seeking quality over quantity (Peters, 2006), are all applicable to slow travel” - Janet E. Dickinson Article
Three Pillars of Slow Tourism
Becoming more and more popular but still not a large industry.
It is still a newly growing industry so statistics on it are hard to find and not always accurate due to complications in defining slow tourism.
There is an expected 10% compound annual growth rate forcasted by Euromonitor in 2008.
Many people believe that they partake in slow tourism, but are surprised to find the stipulations against air travel
Some argue that their activities after their flight account for them labeling themselves as slow tourists
Dickinson (2011) states that if air travel is used, an individual must use slow modes of transport for the following six months to compensate