Linsey Simpson Gallagher: Championing sustainable tourism

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“How do you balance your natural resources and protect what makes your destination unique, ensure that you have the ability to continue to share it, and that it serves its residents first?” That is the question Linsey Gallagher addresses every day in Napa Valley, California, where sustainability is key to the ongoing success of the wine and tourism industries.

Gallagher is a 2002 graduate of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Fast forward twenty years, and she now serves as President and CEO of Visit Napa Valley, the official marketing organization for the Napa Valley. Their mission? To promote, protect, and enhance the Napa Valley destination on the world stage.

The uncertain fate of an alpine mountain lodge

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Because of melting glaciers, the Rifugio Guide del Cervino, a rustic hangout for skiers and mountaineers, may be located in Italy, Switzerland, or both.

US national parks to offer look into green-friendly transit

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Americans may soon get a better glimpse into a future of green-friendly transportation by visiting a U.S. national park.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg signed a joint pledge Wednesday to test some of the newest and most innovative travel technologies on public lands and improve visitors’ tourism experience.

Driving Climate Action: A Net Zero Roadmap for Travel & Tourism

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This report aims to offer a better understanding of the status quo of climate action of Travel & Tourism businesses within selected industries, as well as current challenges, opportunities and needs.

It also provides a decarbonisation corridor framework demonstrating what net zero journeys could look like for different types of businesses and gives guidance and recommendations on potential climate action.

Venice says no to cruise ships

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The city of Venice, Italy, has finally made a long-awaited decision. Starting on August 1, 2021, cruise ships will no longer be allowed to enter the city’s waters and the fragile lagoon that surrounds it has been declared a national monument in an effort to protect against further damage.

Blackfeet woman creates international travel website and app to share history, resources, information

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A Blackfeet woman has started a non-profit organization to gather and share information, resources, and history of the tribe with travelers across Montana and Canada. The project promotes interaction and contribution from the public. Souta Calling Last collects centuries worth of information through storytelling, factual data, and social trends to help tribal members and tourists better understand the area where they live or explore.

For Fish, Finding Bread Crumbs Means Losing Their Way

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New research from the Cook Islands suggests baiting at snorkeling sites changes fish behavior and disrupts reef ecosystems.

‘Ecology is economy’: These resorts say sustainability yields cost-savings

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At Potato Head Bali, menus are made of old tires and flip flops, while bottle caps are turned into tissue dispensers.

Indonesia, the world’s second biggest polluter of plastic waste in the ocean, has now pledged to reduce ocean plastics by 70% by 2025.

Several beach resorts said their sustainable initiatives have improved their cost savings, while also helping to educate both communities and customers about their carbon footprint.

Coronavirus is crushing tourism —and cutting off a lifeline for wildlife

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The world’s most famous savanna boasts two epic migrations.

One has traversed it for millennia: Millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles follow billowing rain clouds in search of new grazing grounds. The other horde descends upon the first in open-air safari jeeps, zoom-lens cameras at the ready, coolers tucked between the seats filled with snacks and prosecco.

Coronavirus travel restrictions mean the humans have suddenly vanished, and along with them a billion-dollar tourism industry that employs millions and underpins a symbiotic human-wildlife ecosystem — the private conservancy — that is essential to wildlife conservation in many African countries.

How to bring con­ser­va­tion mes­saging into wild­life-based tour­ism

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A new study from the University of Helsinki suggests that wildlife-based tourism operators should be key partners in educating and inspiring tourists to take informed conservation action. The study introduces a toolbox of ideas for improving wildlife-based tourism operations.

Associated journal article:  Álvaro Fernández‐Llamazares, Sara Fraixedas, Aina Brias‐Guinart, Julien Terraube. “Principles for including conservation messaging in wildlife‐based tourism.” People & Nature 30 June 2020, DOI: 10.1002/pan3.10114.