Connecting in the sense of providing transport links is not the same as enabling a deeper reconnection to nature and the benefits that this brings
Launched in 2018, the organisation Travel Without Plastic works with hotels and other tourism businesses looking to reduce plastic in their supply chains or go plastic-free. I spoke with their founder, Jo Hendrickx.
Launched in 2018, The Fabulous Tourism Academy supports women looking to grow their tourism businesses or become entrepreneurs. Jeremy Smith spoke with its founder, Carole Favre, about the programme and its aims.
What impact is our always connected society having on our ability to connect at a deeper level? Is this an issue tourism should be concerned with?
What difference does tourism make to our daily lives? We create memories and enable people to rest and unwind. These are important things, but of themselves, but can we do more. Can we help the visitors who come to our hotels and on our tours live better when they get back home?
Climate change – so long an abstract conversation about a possible future – is actually an urgent crisis meeting about how to navigate the now. Tourism is totally unprepared.
One day a major tourism company will rise to the challenge and announce, not that it is banning straws or riding on elephants, but committing to become “Restorative and Regenerative by design”. I just hope we don’t have to wait too long.
A couple of exciting new stories about two upcoming hotels suggest the travel industry is beginning to wake up to the potential of the circular economy for tourism.
Using circular economy principles, we could create loyalty schemes that support sustainability and local enterprise
For companies seeking to promote sustainable tourism to guests, highlighting the pride people will feel if they act in the more responsible way may be a better way to change the way they behave.