After a week of sleepless nights, scorching hot days, warm drinking water and cold showers and the daily battle of trying to stop the screeching cicadas from bulldozing my tent, I suddenly found myself in a terrain of sumptuous luxury like no other.
As more tourism businesses achieve certification that meets the GSTC standards, the industry will begin to become more sustainable. A good EMS will not only accelerate that process but will also be more likely to save the company money as well.
The story is all too familiar to those who have seen their own quaint slices of paradise transformed to huge international hotel developments, taking over prime beach areas and hurting the cultural and natural resources that drew the giants there in the first place.
The Children's College, which is supported by sustainable tourism efforts and direct donations, enables youth who would otherwise drop out and work alongside their parents, to focus on school and develop their talents.
It is an impressive attraction that houses over 100,000 animals, representing 500 species, in 10 million gallons of water. When the Georgia Aquarium opened in 2005, it was the largest Aquarium in the world.
Owned and operated by the Puntacana Ecological Foundation, the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve is an amazing place to spend the day for those who want a break from the Dominican Republic's legendary beaches and golf courses.
Two weeks ago, I attended the 28th Annual General Meeting of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) in Belize City. The BTIA is the largest tourism association in Belize with over 25 years of membership commitment and is the voice of tourism related concerns.
Geotourism both incorporates the concept of sustainable tourism that destinations should remain unspoiled for future generations, and the principle of ecotourism that tourism revenue should promote conservation.
The ocean is indispensable to life itself. It is the largest habitat for living things in our solar system and sustains our lives with over 50 percent of the earth's oxygen. For World Ocean Day we encourage you to find a way to celebrate the gifts the ocean has brought to your life.
Liwonde National Park is the jewel of the national park system in Malawi. Drawing on the expertise of the PCGS, the IFAW, local Malawians and many other collaborators, the vision for a model National Park sustainable tourism plan in Africa just may become a reality.
As the largest industry in the world and employing over 11% of the world's workforce, tourism has the ability to significantly reduce carbon emissions through their building, transportation, and energy policies and programs.