we are ready to start changing how we travel; we are approaching the era of sustainable travel.
A NEW KIND OF TRAVEL
Travel has many faces, people travel for business, pleasure, food, discovery, culture, transformation, among many other things. EHR invites you to live A New Kind of Travel
The Impact of Tourism in the World
Travel has many faces, people travel for business, pleasure, food, discovery, culture, transformation, among many other things. Significantly, during the past couple of decades, more people have begun to travel. According to the World Tourism Organization, tourism represents the third largest international trade sector, with 10.4% of the world’s GDP and responsible for 313 million jobs worldwide.
According to The World Counts, there are 1 billion tourist visitors in the world every year. That’s 30 every single second. Tourism often puts pressure on natural resources through over-consumption, and often in places where resources are already scarce. For example, an average golf course in a tropical country uses as much water as 60,000 rural villagers. It also uses 1500 kilograms of chemical fertilizers and pesticides per year. According to the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, tourism contributes about 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and they expect it to grow by 130% by 2035.
Where and how we travel touches something more than our wellbeing and Instagram feed. Tourism puts enormous stress on local land use and can lead to soil erosion, increased pollution, natural habitat loss, and more pressure on endangered species. These effects can gradually destroy the environmental resources on which tourism itself depends. So, sustainable tourism starts to show itself as a possible path of action.
Can tourism maintain its dynamic growth rate without damaging or destroying the natural and built environments, if future generations are to enjoy the same benefits of travel and tourism as today’s do?
Sustainable tourism involves managing resources sustainably not only for today’s travelers or tomorrow’s but for the future of each of our planet’s stakeholders. Hence, sustainability presents itself as an answer to the question posed.
The Increment of Conscious Travelers
Green or eco-friendly practices in the travel industry are growing around the world, because of the conscious customers that demand them. Travelers are more concerned than ever about their environmental footprint and will gladly choose a hotel that strives for sustainability. There are a lot of luxury green hotels that favor sustainable living techniques without sacrificing the comforts of a luxury modern lifestyle.
Going green isn’t just a trend, it’s something a lot of travelers put an emphasis on nowadays. Guests are always the hotel´s number one priority and that’s exactly why sustainable practices are so important. Today’s customers support companies that share their values. Travelers are increasingly seeking out eco-friendly travel options, and some are even willing to pay extra to support a hotel’s sustainability program.
Eco-Hotels, a New Hope
Eco-hotels are quickly becoming a priority for the hospitality leaders and hotel businesses around the world to protect and heal our home and what´s in it. As the concern about sustainability grows, many travelers are now looking to stay in an eco-hotel. Many hotels and resorts around the world are now adopting greener practices to not only satisfy customer demand but also to save money in the long-term and support the local communities and the environment.
Going green is not only good for the world, it´s also good for bringing in the hotel guests of today that care about the environment and want to build a better world for the next generations. The U.N. World Tourism Organization predicted that by 2020, there would be 1.6 billion eco-inspired trips taken. Sustainable practices are evolving from a trend to a must-have priority for a growing number of environmentally conscious travelers.
Although tourists who prefer to travel sustainably have increased, they´re still the minority of those who travel. For this reason, new organizations, such as Eco Hotels & Resorts, are emerging to try to boost sustainable tourism. This new organization strongly believes in sustainable travel and is gathering a collection of selected supernatural organic properties that have a long term positive impact on the world.
All of EHR member hotels contribute to the betterment of the world by following the GSTC recommendations and by integrating sustainable practices into their core principles such as employing sustainable energy sources, growing-or-buying local ingredients, helping the surrounding communities grow and evolve, and regenerating their environment. EHR’s mission is to incentivize a global movement to make people around the world more conscious about the choices they make when they travel. In addition, this collection is beating down on the idea that guests have to give up luxury when traveling to a sustainable hotel.
These hard times have made people become more aware of their habits and the world around them. Our planet has begun to heal and climate change has decreased thanks to the absence of human beings. Consciousness has played an important role in human lives these past months. It’s important not to forget but to learn about the damage we have caused to our home planet and value the second chance we have to rediscover it. The next time you travel lookup brands that leave a positive impact on the destination you are looking to visit. It’s time for a New Kind of Travel.