Sustainable tourism

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Have you ever think about the negative impacts brought to the environment and the local people when we go travel? How can we contribute to sustainable tourism by making responsible holiday choices? All these questions will be discussed in the meeting. If you want to know more about sustainable tourism, watch the presentation now!

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Sustainable tourism

  1. 1. Sustainable Tourism & You
  2. 2. Agenda
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>CHANGE </li></ul><ul><li>How to change? </li></ul><ul><li>Never underestimate yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Small action can make a difference </li></ul>
  4. 4. Introduction <ul><li>Are you willing to help make the environment more sustainable? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you consider yourself an ‘Environmentalist’ or ‘Eco-tourist’? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you provide some concrete solutions to help the tourism industry become more sustainable? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Objectives
  6. 6. Tourism in your eyes <ul><li>What do you think about ‘Tourism’? </li></ul><ul><li>What does tourism bring to the local people and the environment? </li></ul><ul><li>Employment opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>New or developed infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Increase demand for services </li></ul><ul><li>Multiplier effect </li></ul>
  7. 7. Negative impacts brought by tourism
  8. 8. Environmental impacts
  9. 9. Environmental impacts
  10. 10. Environmental impacts
  11. 11. <ul><li>Natural Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over-exploitation of biological resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disruption of breeding habits and patterns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Habitat destruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change in landuse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Depletion of ground and surface water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Depletion of fossil fuels </li></ul></ul>Environmental impacts
  12. 12. <ul><li>Loss of habitat areas and resources due to development and pollution </li></ul><ul><li>Decline in biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of natural and architectural heritage </li></ul><ul><li>Decline in quatity and quality of water resources </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic congestion </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive use of natural area </li></ul><ul><li>Crowding and pressure on services </li></ul><ul><li>Encroachment of buildings, facilities and roads close to coastline </li></ul>Environmental impacts
  13. 13. <ul><li>Who are Tourism Hosts? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Residents of the destination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tourism professionals brought into work with the industry at the destination </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What are their roles? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Customer service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overall friendliness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beautification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural experience </li></ul></ul>Social impacts
  14. 14. <ul><li>Low paid/ seasonal jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Congestion </li></ul><ul><li>Over- dependence on tourism which makes the host economy vulnerable to changes in the tourism market </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Money invested in tourism that cannot be used for other purposes </li></ul></ul>Impacts on hosts
  15. 15. <ul><li>Self-sufficiency to dependency </li></ul><ul><li>Growth in crime </li></ul><ul><li>Modification of traditional art forms and culture </li></ul><ul><li>Change of traditional culture (building, styles, systems, clothing, events) </li></ul><ul><li>Poor pay and conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Long hours </li></ul><ul><li>Sex tourism </li></ul>Social impacts
  16. 16. What should we do? Should we give up the tourism industry? Or should we think of ways to minimize the negative impacts brought by tourism? Sustainable Tourism
  17. 17. <ul><li>Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs </li></ul>Sustainability
  18. 18. Sustainability <ul><li>Why is it needed? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preserve resources which attract tourists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Satify needs of local community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have long term economic benefits without affecting environment/ social elements </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Sustainability <ul><li>Sustainable development is a global, not a sector concept </li></ul><ul><li>Only the world can be sustainable </li></ul><ul><li>All sectors and processes, including tourism, need to move towards sustainability, but can never achieve it individually </li></ul>
  20. 20. What did you do?
  21. 21. Be a responsible traveler <ul><li>Be considerate – of the communities and environment you visit </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t litter </li></ul><ul><li>Save energy </li></ul><ul><li>Carry your own bag </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid excessive waste and the use of plastic bottles </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Respect cultural difference </li></ul><ul><li>Do not purchase or eat endangered species </li></ul><ul><li>Support the local economy. Buy locally made souvenirs, eat at local restaurants – enjoy the local culture </li></ul><ul><li>Do not support the illegal drug trade or the sex trade </li></ul>Be a responsible traveler
  23. 23. <ul><li>Choose the travel provider who support responsible tourism </li></ul><ul><li>Use operators that have a clear and demonstrated responsible tourism policy </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase fair trade products </li></ul><ul><li>Support responsible tourism organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Support local organization </li></ul>Be a responsible traveler
  24. 24. Sustainable tourism
  25. 25. The End Thank you for coming! Please fill the evaluation form!

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