Sustainable Travel - Why Should you Travel Green
is, according to The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), "responsible travel to natural areas that
conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people."
Here are some disturbing facts on the negative Impacts of Tourism:
- There are 109 countries with coral reefs. In 90 of them
reefs are being damaged by cruise ship anchors and sewage, by tourists
breaking off chunks of coral, and by commercial harvesting for sale to
- Cruise ships in the Caribbean are estimated to produce
more than 70,000 tons of waste each year.
with consumer demand, ecotourism
has a bright future:
Would you choose environmentally safe tourism?
- More than 2/3rds of U.S. & Australian travelers, 90%
of British tourists, consider active protection of the environment & support
of local communities to be part of a hotel’s responsibility.
- In Europe: 20%-30% of travelers are aware of needs
& values of sustainable tourism. 10%-20% of travelers look for ‘green’
options. 5%-10% of travelers demand ‘green’ holidays.
- In Germany, 65% (39 million) of travelers expect
environmental quality; 42% (25 million) “think that it is particularly
important to find environmentally-friendly accommodation.”
- Nearly half of those surveyed in Britain said they
would be more likely to go with a “company that had a written code to
guarantee good working conditions, protect the environment and support
local charities in the tourist destination… [E]thical tourism will rightly
be a big issue in the new millennium.”
- A survey of U.S., British, and Australian travelers
revealed that 70% would pay up to $150 more for a two-week stay in a hotel
with a “responsible” environmental attitude.
Info source: http://mekongtourism.org