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Sustainable Tourism - Myth or Reality?
Transcript of Sustainable Tourism - Myth or Reality?
What is tourism?
How has tourism changed over time?
What are the impacts of tourism?
What is sustainable tourism?
‘Aldemar is one of the leading hotel chains in Greece with a total 5,500-bed capacity and 1,800 employees.
‘Sometimes, the numbers speak. Specially the following ones which were the reason of our Green award!
85% of the hot water is provided by solar energy
7,010 m2 of solar collectors- one of the largest solar fields in Europe
1,320,000 Euros total investment cost on solar collectors
2 biological cleaning systems per hotel
35% annual recycled water utilizing biological cleaning
40% annual electric energy saving through the use of sea water coolers for the air-conditioning system
25,000 m2 of land is irrigated by water that has been biological cleaned
25% of the summer requirements in fruit and vegetables are met by Aldemar’s own organic farm produce
Recycled materials for the entire Group: 9.000 kg paper, 32.000 kg glass and 12.000 kg cooking oil, 491 kg of electrical elements, 4.000electric lamps and 230 PC equipment.’
Press release from www.aldemarhotels.com
What is ecotourism?
What are the characteristics of ecotourism?
What are the issues associated with ecotourism?
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: MYTH OR REALITY?
Brundtland Report 1987
Tourism and Local Agenda 21
According to the WTO, “Sustainable tourism development meets the needs of present tourists and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future.” The development of sustainable tourism meets the following requirements:
• Tourist resources - natural, historical, cultural and others - are preserved in a way that allows them to be used in the future, whilst benefiting today’s society;
• The planning and management of tourist development are conducted in a way that avoids triggering serious ecological or socio-cultural problems in the region concerned;
• The overall quality of the environment in the tourist region is preserved and, if necessary, improved;
• The level of tourist satisfaction should be maintained to ensure that destinations continue to be attractive and retain their commercial potential; and
• Tourism should largely benefit all members of society.
WTO, Guide for Local Authorities on Sustainable Tourism Development, 1999
‘Since its inception in 1968, Center Parcs has always aimed to create a tranquil place where families could get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get back to nature. This desire holds true today.
Our villages are built deep within the forest, enabling our guests to enjoy acres of unspoilt woodland where they can interact directly with nature. This close link with the natural environment means we have always been committed to the protection of our surroundings.
But our responsibilities go far beyond this. We seek to minimise our environmental impact in many other ways – through encouraging water conservation, tackling climate change and reducing waste.
We are also committed to our social responsibilities – to our customers, our employees and the communities where we operate.’
wHAT DO YOU THINK?