Tourism and travel are an industry of give and take, good and bad. It is one of the world’s dominant industries and has the ability to impact many.  What we can learn from this industry is vast and can be applied in many aspects of business and personal life. 

There are many ways to make travel more sustainable

Some of the things you can do are easy.  Here at By Land and Sea, we believe that if everyone did one or two small things, it would add up to a big difference!  If you are looking for just 5 easy things to implement into your next trip, this is the post for you!

If conserving water is on your mind, we offer three easy tips on that too.  Water is a precious resource but it is so vital to so many aspects of the travel experience.  Cut back without even noticing!

Sustainable tourism encompasses every part of travel.  Whether you want to lessen the negative impacts of your next cruise vacation or simply learn how to reduce paper, it is possible to travel in a more sustainable manner.

The sustainability experience you have may be different depending on where you are traveling and what you are doing.  A small, local community might approach things differently than large entities like the USA’s National Parks or major corporations.

So What Is Sustainable Tourism, exactly?

Sustainable tourism, one that establishes a suitable balance between the environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects of tourism development, plays an important role in conserving biodiversity. It attempts to minimize its impact on the environment and local culture so that it will be available for future generations, while contributing to generate income, employment, and the conservation of local ecosystems.

By doing so, sustainable tourism maximizes the positive contribution of tourism to biodiversity conservation and thus to poverty reduction and the achievement of common goals towards sustainable development.

Sustainable tourism provides crucial economic incentives for habitat protection. Revenues from visitor spending are often channeled back into nature conservation or capacity building programs for local communities to manage protected areas.

Furthermore, tourism can be a key vehicle in raising awareness and fostering positive behavior change for biodiversity conservation among the millions of people travelling the globe every year.

World Tourism Organization