6383Announcement from a VISION for Sustainable Tourism: Editor's must reads - mass tourism - world heritage in crisis
- Jul 23 5:04 AMHello Green travellers
I worry more and more about the issue of tourism commoditisation. Wherever I
go I see more of our potentially precious travel experiences being made into
too easily saleable goods for the real benefit of nobody. This is what mass
tourism can do - take out the value of the experience and replace it with a
low manageable price in the search for numbers and massive turnover. If you
want to see what I mean - just visit any world heritage sight, watch, and
ask this question "Where is the value in this experience and who is getting
Whether its straightforward price cutting below the ability of hotels to
provide service or on the front line of the issue - cruises and
all-inclusives - they cannot deliver the massive value that is expected by
ringfenced tourists who invest not only money but their precious time in
search of a really authentic life-enhancing experience.
And, now we are at a point of change - tourism sustainability is an absolute
imperative - culturally, socially, environmentally and economically.
So the credibility of green information, advice and ultimately certification
is fundamentally important.
Tripadvisor weighs in with its 260million monthly unique users and its own
'Free' scheme which disregards almost all the knowledge that the industry
has gained over the last difficult 22 years.
Just another scheme to add to the 140 already in operation rather than a
cohesive force? Tripadvisor has introduced a maverick. http://bit.ly/1kToovm
But some are taking the high road - just look at the commitment, honesty and
painstaking approach that the Caribbean and particularly Grenada is taking
to its tourism industry - a real breath of fresh, pure, air!
More below - including our latest comprehensive, concise report and an
opportunity to join one of our masterclasses - good conversation, good
networking, good information, good food and drink!
I heartily recommend our website http://www.totemtourism.com interviews,
stories, offers - worthwhile or they wouldn't be there!
This week's news:
CONNECT TO CHANGEMAKERS
Sustainable Tourism ROI- Intensive International November Masterclasses -
earlybird prices: http://bit.ly/Wahqwa
EVERYTHING IN LATEST REPORT
Offer: tourism, a past, present, future full of opportunities - out NOW:
Ravenna European City of Culture 2019?: http://bit.ly/Unyaiw
SUPERBLY OPTIMISTICALLY VISIBLY SUSTAINABLE
Grenada new initiative pure and very green: http://bit.ly/1x0dbyD
HOW TO BE A GREEN DESTINATION
Green destinations seminar unveiled: http://bit.ly/1nTMy9a
60 GREEN TOURISM STARS
Green tourism shortlist unveiled: http://bit.ly/1mDyvE8
DO WE NEED IT?
Tripadvisor - yet another shade of green tourism: http://bit.ly/1kToovm
THE INDIAN SUSTAINABLE TOURISM INCUBATOR
Kerala tourism wins at pata: http://bit.ly/WCEa8H
ASPIRATIONAL SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Top list says eco and luxury very compatible: http://bit.ly/Us9RzE
That's it for today
Comments, by the way always very, very, very welcome indeed.
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All the very best
Ps check out http://www.totemtourism.com - it's a mine of sustainable
tourism info -offers - video interviews and more
Valere Tjolle Principal
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