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Where Sustainable Tourism is headed

Good Reads is my collection of readworthy articles about Sustainable Tourism that can be found on the Internet. The New York Times „Sustainable tourism — bringing global awareness to travel and putting it into action — is a top priority for the United Nations this year. The organization has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development…“ -> Full article…

Culture

Respecting the local culture of the visited country should be obvious. But for many tourists it is not. Here is an example: When I traveled to Cambodia with my parents in 2015 the newspapers were full of articles about the arrest of two tourists for taking naked photos in the ruins of Angkor Wat. (Read the full The Guardian article here.) The Angkor Archaeological Park is a world heritage site and a holy site to the Cambodians. Behavior like this offends and upsets them and it should be very clear to any tourist that this kind of behavior is inappropriate. Respecting the local culture in terms of Sustainable Tourism also means helping to preserve the cultural heritage. Cultural heritage can be a lot of different things, for example historic monuments, traditional crafts or landforms and nature. So as a responsible traveler you can do two things: – Respect local customs and morals – Support organizations that work on preserving cultural heritage

Environment Projects

Trash, waste or garbage are huge problems in many developing countries. Not so many years ago the people used to grow what they eat. There weren’t many shops selling food or other goods. People simply had what they harvested. If they bought food it was wrapped in banana leafs. So everybody was used to just throw the packaging away. Today everything is wrapped in plastic. But in many countries there is no working garbage collection. So the trash piles up everywhere. Many NGOs and Charity Organizations work on solving the trash problem. Like on that small island in Cambodia. We started off on a boat to a small island. On the way we saw some fisher boats. Nearly all people living on this Island were fishers. Due to bad weather conditions we had to use a jetty some miles away from the village and then walk. The people are very nice to the animals on the island and it was very cute to watch the puppies play. Before, this place was filled with knee deep rubbish. But …

Farming Projects

In Developing Countries many people work as farmers. They grow what they eat. In Southeast Asia they are often rice farmers. As there is no artificial water supply the rice only grows once a year after the rain season. To improve their living conditions it would help the people to grow extra crops that they can sell at the market. NGOs and Charity Organizations teach the people how to grow extra crops on their land that they can sell. My Family and I visited a Learn farm. Here farmers learn how to farm different things than rice. We met one of the farmer families with their son. They spoke with us about their life. It was very interesting.    

Nature Preservation

Rising tourist numbers create jobs and economic growth, but do not always go hand in hand with the preservation of environment and landscape. But the awareness for the importance of preserving an unspoiled and functioning nature is rising. There are several examples around the world that show how tourism and nature preservation can work hand in hand. I would like to showcase two of them: South Tyrol: South Tyrol’s natural landscape thrills tourists and locals alike. Since the onset of mass tourism in the 1970s, however, the Alpine regions, especially Austria, have struggled with harmonizing rising tourist numbers and nature preservation. For South Tyrol it early had been clear that an unspoiled nature is basis for the success of tourism. That was when the idea of ​​sustainability has been introduced in South Tyrol’s tourism industry. Gentle tourism is the slogan under which tourism projects in South Tyrol are developed. This is also supported by the European Union and its „Agenda for Sustainable and Competitive European Tourism“. And it is the motto under which many hotels, travel agencies and tourism specialists …