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karthik01 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 28, 2010 at 12:42 AM via web

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Sustainable tourism can be managed effectively to protect the local environment. Using examples discuss how this can be achieved.

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 28, 2010 at 1:21 AM (Answer #1)

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The biggest example that came to mind when you asked this question was, believe it or not, Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Unbeknownst to many, the city of Orlando, FLA is by far one of the southernmost points of the Bible Belt. The community of the inner town is deeply religious, hugely homogeneous, loves routine and the conservatism of Southern traditions.

They are FAR removed from the Disney culture, yet, they co-exist (as if a parallel universe) with their highly cosmopolitan, and immensely visited counterparts in the Disney Buena Vista territory set aside for Disney.

This was a strategy, actually. Walt Disney wanted his tourist attraction to be unique. He got the part of land offered to him (formerly a huge swamp) and transformed it.

Yet, the original Orlando natives, although at first met this adventure park with a bit of zealousness, were able to rip the benefits of good commerce and the consistent influx of city funds.

Yet, as of this day, they are completely separated from the Disney universe, and continue life as in the deep South, hidden from the screaming kids and the crazy tourists, and still enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon at church.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 28, 2010 at 1:59 AM (Answer #2)

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One answer lies in the move towards "green" construction and engineering.  Today you'll find many of the newer resorts and tourist destinations that are energy efficient, use minimal water, recycle and then use recycled material.

Most hotels today offer guests the option of not having the linens and towels washed everyday - particularly sustainable because there is a built in economic incentive for these businesses as it is much cheaper not to wash them.  Government subsidies and tax breaks exist in many states and at the federal level that encourage older resorts and hotels to retrofit green as well. A large number of California hotels and resorts rely partially on solar power for this reason.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 28, 2010 at 10:01 AM (Answer #3)

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Sustainable tourism refers to tourism activities is carried on in such a way that it generates income and employment for the local population at the tourist destination resorts in such a way that it does not cause any damage to its ecology or culture in long term. It requires management of tourism activities in such a way that it meets the need of the tourists as well as the host community while preserving and enhancing the environment, culture, biodiversity and life support system in future.

One example of sustainable tourism is the approach adopted by Paradise Resort and Bay, Granada, Westindies. To eliminate carbon emission from power generation to meet tourist requirements this resort has installed a 80 kW windmill. Further it uses equipments that are selected to minimize energy consumption. It has built a surface well to collect rainwater from hill around the resort, and minimizes use of water and generation of polluting waste water by avoiding unnecessary washing of towels and linen. Also the resort has many programs to help the local residents in their farming and other activities.For more details of this tourist destination visit the website referred below.

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