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Why travel industry must practice ecotourism

Kathmandu Valley...
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Why travel industry must practice ecotourism

Tourism is the main industry to leave carbon footprints and cause of nature destruction. Natural tourist attractions are attracting the highest number of tourists around the globe.The significant effort of every travel operators to encourage tourists to practice Eco-friendly behavior is important.The natural existence of those tourist destinations relies in the hand of locals who lives there. So participation of local people in nature conservation and profit of tourism can help conserve nature. If nature is conserved then we the tourism industry will see bright days in coming future aiding to fight against climate change.

If entire industry is committed to protect the nature then they can reduce the carbon footprints of tourism industry in ecologically vital areas and raise awareness among travelers to be Eco-friendly. At the same time those who are living with nature in natural tourist destinations can be encouraged to protect the nature making it a value for their living and contribution against climate change. Strengthen systematic mountain tourism protocol and drag every local stakeholders to continue their business being inside preset environmental values. Makes those Himalayan ranges and other nature related tourism activities more valuable. Increment in demand and longevity of natural existence . Hence to strengthen the protocol we need to make collective action plan across country and cross country. First of this is economy, so we can be organized.

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Christchurch, New...
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1. Re: Why travel industry must practice ecotourism

Hopefully Covid-19 will give the tourist industry a big shock & things will change - cheap flights, cruises & mass tourism may be a thing of the past. Previously so many people had money but little time so instead of taking 4-5 days to hike a trail they want to fly in by helicopter & get that "instagram" photo & move on to the next big thing. Given that few people will be able to travel internationally for the next year or 2 until a vaccine is developed, this should give nature a rest & allow businesses to rewrite their codes of practice for social distancing etc.

Sarajevo, Bosnia...
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2. Re: Why travel industry must practice ecotourism

Does that mean you would regard it a positive thing if we return to the age when flying was for rich and privileged only? I am no fan of the budget airlines (the whole thing has turned into an absurdity, when plane tickets cost less than a train or bus, but only thanks to subsidies and airlines blackmailing the airports for too low costs), but they did democratise the traveling

Kathmandu Valley...
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3. Re: Why travel industry must practice ecotourism

It does not mean the limited accessibility of flights and other related services. However the use and application of any services must practice sustainable ways and turn them to eco-friendly as far as practicable. Once the nature is destroyed there is no turning point.

Arusha, Tanzania
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You are right Nabil, A good example is what happens between Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania. Where there is a wildlife corridor and human settlement is destroying the animal trails. But Along Katavi National Park borders there is an increase in human activities that make the home for wildlife much small. If we play fair bot Tour Operators and the Governments we can secure the future for the wildlife and reduce war between human and wildlife. Tour operators should start natural environments area and encourage tourists to participate in planting trees in the area. Tourists should learn every year their travel course one tree to die. So they should plant that tree every year. We should also preserve native plants in order to secure the homes for birds and inspects. Not all trees can be a home to birds or insects.

Kathmandu Valley...
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Dear Calabash,

This is obvious that conservation must start from ourselves(Human) . We can be in any form like travelers, travel operators, locals or any. Our dedication should be to conserve nature and aim to fight against the adverse impacts of climate change . There is no planet 'B' and our human civilization solely depends upon the status of natural existence around us everywhere in the world. We can not say America is safe after Desertification of Africa. There is very thin line of delicate ecological balance remaining now, we together must protect for our and all living being's well being in the future.

Arusha, Tanzania
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We have a better chance as people working on Tourism. We see the effect of climate change more than anyone. We also depend on conservation to survive. Likewise here, in the 80s, just a few km from the current city we are living now you could see elephants, lions, zebra, etc. You can see now we have wiped all the animals nearby. I have been looking for people who can rescue wild animals remain closer to the city and bring them back to the national parks. Last week we experience more than 6000 cattle brought to the city by Masai as a result of no rains. In a small part of Arusha Town, it rains where in the suburbs there were no rains. We now need to educate the Masai tribe who depend on cattle on how to protect environments. In the area which there was no rain also they cut down a lot of trees. Masai depends on firewood for cooking energy, although nowadays they can find Cooking Gas they always go for cheaper options. They see it as a cheaper option for now but it has cost them 5 times the energy price. They lost thousands of their cattle and have a long way to secure the remaining ones. I am inviting any environmentalist who is ready to give time to educate the Masai community who believes so much in their cattle.

Sweden
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7. Re: Why travel industry must practice ecotourism

I am also a supporter of ecotourism, but unfortunately, as I see on e.g. Jordanian forum, most tourists who want to experience the desert still prefer 4* 5* accommodation without regard for nature. They want private bathrooms, but they would know that in the desert it is not drain and everything just goes into the sand.

But there it "grows" more and more luxury camps (even with swimming pool and also yacuzzi) and you can imagine what effect it has on nature if you have a lot of such camps and many tents with private bathrooms.

Bedouins in Wadi Rum (but also in other places in Jordan) started with eco tours and adequate camps, but very few tourists choose it because there is no bathroom there.

How can you convince these tourists that they would think at the nature likewise if they want to have as much as possible a real desert experience and experience of Bedouin life, they shouldn't at least have a bathroom in the tent. A shared bathroom should be enough, so they save both water and the environment. They're only staying there for one night anyway, but can't do without a private bathroom?

Thanks for commenting on my dilemma.

Ontario, Canada
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8. Re: Why travel industry must practice ecotourism

Because it places a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability and conservation, ecotourism is significant for the travel industry. It benefits local communities economically while also assisting in protecting the environment and natural resources. Additionally, ecotourism promotes visitor education about the environment and local culture, which can contribute to a more fulfilling and fulfilling experience.

Let's help each other promote eco-tourism! ✨

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