Blue Planet Tourism – time for some fresh water thinking

That tourism uses a lot of water is hardly news. Daily fresh towels. Infinity swimming pools. Golf courses surrounded by desert. The endless irrigation of hotel grounds to keep them looking pristine. The list goes on, and that’s without including the embodied or virtual water that it takes to produce most of the products we consume, and generally consume more voraciously on holiday. For example, every time anyone eats a 300g steak, it can take up to 4,500 litres of water to produce that meat. … [Read more...]

Tourism and water use – time for some fresh thinking

I've been looking into hotel water sustainability innovations over the last few days, trying to find some stories for a blog to mark World Water Day, which happened last Sunday. I've been reading how water accounts for 10% of utility bills in many hotels. And how globally demand for water is projected to exceed supply by 40% by 2030. I've also read many of the efforts the industry is making. Of the impact of low flow showerheads and toilets, or simply washing smaller loads in smaller machines. … [Read more...]

Beyond the bucket list: My dream destination for 2015

I wasn't going to join the ritual of list making that takes place at this time of year, especially as I already had a go in 2014. But then people I respect kept reinventing the bucket list, and I wanted to get stuck in too. First Bret Love and Greenglobaltravel asked five of the world's leading responsible tourism experts for their ideas for countries that actually 'deserved' our tourist dollar. Then last week in these very pages Harold Goodwin chose not to look for destinations for 2015, but … [Read more...]

10 things I learned from WTM 2014 and its responsible tourism programme

Having sat in almost every single seminar and event throughout the four days last week, I had plenty of chances to learn from some of the leading experts in the Industry. Here are 10 key facts and figures I learnt, and where possible a link to a video of them at WTM this year.  1) Elephants could soon be gone from Africa Colin Bell said that due to the escalating poaching crisis, the continent was losing 30,000 elephants a year to poachers, translating to 1 every 15 minutes. So bad has poaching … [Read more...]