A Rise In Ecotourism

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In the era of rising sustainability efforts and environmental consciousness, everything from utensils to clothes to buildings are becoming more eco-friendly. Even now, many aspects of our everyday lives including travel are moving in the right direction, towards sustainable ways of living. This year, Ecotourism is taking the world by storm with more and more opportunities to travel in an environmentally conscious manner.

Ecotourism is a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas intended as a low-impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial mass tourism. The goal of this type of travel is to learn about conservation and apply your own efforts to help. There is simply a new craving for a new way of traveling. Before, it was all about commercial hotels stacking thousands of people on top of each other in generic hotel rooms; for example, masses would swarm into a Disney park and stand in lines for hours and pay big bucks to stay in a resort with hundreds of other families, not experiencing the real world outside the resort grounds. Now, times are changing. People are wanting to get out and see the natural world. They want to experience something other than resorts and parks that appeal to the masses and start helping our world. 

Now, eco-friendly travelers are traveling to environmentally pristine areas of the world to learn about the areas and contribute to their conservation efforts. According to Sustainable Travel International, travel and tourism are responsible for 5 percent of total carbon emissions throughout the world, contributing significantly to climate change. STI warns the carbon emissions contributing to climate change will, in turn, begin destroying these pristine areas.

Now, resorts and hotels are beginning to ramp up sustainability and more environmentally conscious efforts. Big chains such as Marriott International and others have committed to eliminate items that never fully decompose like plastic straws and utensils.

The 114-room Conrad Bora Bora Nui resort in French Polynesia has begun regenerating the coral reefs around the resort by using a newfound technique called the “Biorock” technique. This technique involves passing a low-voltage current through electrodes in the water and is considered the best way to fight coral reef mortality. The funds from the visitors at the resort who pay to snorkel and see these beautiful regenerated reefs support further regeneration.

Many more hotels and resorts are catching on to this new movement. Ecotourism rates have never been so high and the push to more environmentally conscious travel continues to grow around the world.