Category: Travel and tourism industry

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

Read the full story at KULR8.

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

Read the full story at Hakai Magazine.

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

Read the full story at CNBC.

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

Read the full story from the University of Helsinki.

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.

The end of tourism?

Read the full story in The Guardian.

The pandemic has devastated global tourism, and many will say ‘good riddance’ to overcrowded cities and rubbish-strewn natural wonders. Is there any way to reinvent an industry that does so much damage?

Social media can encourage tourists to make more sustainable choices

Read the full story from the University of Eastern Finland.

Social media is often blamed for creating all kinds of pressure. However, not all social media pressures are necessarily bad, as they can encourage us to behave in a manner that is more sustainable than before.

You think you have a recycling problem? Try Carnival’s 18M plastic yogurt cups at sea

Read the full story from the Miami Herald.

The largest cruise company in the world is betting on a microscopic solution to fix its massive plastic pollution problem.

As impacts mount, some wonder whether ‘managed tourism’ is possible on Maui

Read the full story in the Star Advertiser.

The rise of social media, travel apps and vacation rental hosting sites has made it more difficult for tourists and residents to find secluded experiences on any island, especially Maui, where tourism arrivals rose from 1.8 million in 2009 to 2.9 million in 2018, a 54% gain that was the largest increase on any island.

Maui, with a population of roughly 152,000, also boasts the state’s highest ratio of visitors to residents. On any given day some 30% of the people on the island are visitors, according to Hawaii Tourism Authority estimates from 2018. Testifiers at a Maui County Council committee meeting Tuesday said the island’s population was now, on average, one tourist for every 2.4 residents — a measure that’s nearly 10 percent over the suggesed limits set by the Maui Island Plan, the adopted guide for Maui County growth.

Maui also has the best rental car facility in the state, a $340 million, multilevel wonder with an electric tram which opened in May. The investment harks back to HTA’s plan of a few years ago to grow Hawaii tourism by boosting visits to the neighbor islands, which were perceived as offering more opportunity for growth in visitor arrivals.

HTA’s goal for neighbor island tourism now favors visitor experience, resident sentiment and spending over tourism arrivals.

But changing course is difficult. Through the first six months of the year, HTA reported that Maui visitor spending decreased nearly 2% to $2.6 billion, while visitor arrivals grew 4% to more than 1.5 million. That’s the opposite of HTA’s goal.

Everyday Enviro with Elise – Low-waste travel and avoiding hotel consumables

Read the full story from Planet Ark.

I am on a trip as I write this and, as we all know, travelling comes with significant waste free challenges.  Some of the areas we have visited are certainly not as conscious of limiting single use plastics as at home (readily offering plastic carry bags, most of the fruit is wrapped in plastic, sometimes layers of plastic, plastic straws abound, etc).  I am trying very hard to avoid it – I came equiped with carry bags, keepcups, water bottles, straws and cutlery  – and I’m not doing too badly. 

This is the first extended trip I have taken since I have seriously and consciously began my low-waste efforts nearly two years ago, which means it is the first time I have stayed in hotels. And what an assault to the low waste senses it has been.

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