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‘Create tourism sustainable and reduce carbon footprint’

By Sikha Thakur

Tourism is more about luxury and carefree holidays than thinking about the responsibilities we need to bestow to the planet. Tourism highly depends upon the resources to fulfill modern hedonic desires which lead to the contribution of greenhouse gases. The sector always focuses on customer satisfaction, hence tough to ask for sustainable tourism practices. Pollution is engulfing nature and its beauty thus eco tourism has become so vital to protect nature. To make certain efforts, follow ecotourism can put together both the environment and the tourists comfortable.

Food and service sector are the major reasons behind the emission of carbon. Guests can be asked to feed the left outs to the animals and birds. This serves two-sided intention – recycling bins which result to half-land fill waste and reducing harmful carbon gas emission generated from the waste.

Tourists should understand the concept of ecotourism and help the host to serve them better, hence try to minimize the use of resources individually and share the experience together as a group. Using transportation that has less carbon dioxide emission like bicycle riding, instead of driving, it gives zest of joyful journey discovering peaceful lanes and refreshing ride.

Eco tourism activities like walking, cycling, wildlife hides, canoeing are promoted to control carbon emission produced by the vehicles. Local people are employed and trained well as they understand the area and nature around them. Furthermore ecotourism is their source of livelihood. In accordance to the environmental, social, cultural and economic values, implementing new management system is important for conservation of eco tourism.

Environmental Quality Brand guidelines for tourists’ accommodation facilities and public information should be established by the sustainable tourism projects. Involving tourists can help to create sustainable tourism, which leads to new and enjoyable experience. Coral cay conservation, Echidna Walkabout and Chepue Ecolodge are the few examples of sustainable tourism that involves customers, help conserve recourses.

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