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Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Hospitality Influencers: Tourism Damage

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by: Marike Boonstra
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The sand between your toes, the sun on your face, a light ocean breeze through your hair… For a lot of people this is the perfect description of a perfect holiday. The view of the ocean guarantees that sunny holiday feeling. Therefore, millions of people each year will go on a trip to the sea. But the ocean is of course much more than just a nice place of interest for tourists: it is a source of income for people that work in sea fishing, who provides us with the inhabitants of the ocean, fish, in other words: proteins. But first of all, the ocean is the home of billions of species - it is the source of life. And tourism is destroying that source.

Sustainable tourism: here to rescue our oceans

The majority of our earth's surface consists of water: the ocean is enormous and is needed for humanity to survive. World Economic Forum wonders: ‘what happens when it is facing a crisis and cannot revitalize its own wounds?’ Through human activities, according to scientists, 90% of the coral reefs in the ocean will have died in 2050. It doesn't help that more and more people can and will travel: World Economic Forum writes that according to United Nations World Tourism Organization, the number of international tourist trips worldwide reached 1.3 billion in 2017 and is predicted to reach 1.8 billion by 2030.

All that traveling and the accompanying economic growth puts enormous pressure on natural resources and biodiversity. Tourism can therefore be disastrous for the ocean and nature, but sustainable tourism can also be a solution to various problems concerning the wellbeing of the ocean.

Awareness through an eco-promise

Well-known cities, like Amsterdam or Barcelona, must deal with a growing flow of tourists. Touristic-driven gentrification has major consequences for the inhabitants of the cities, such as higher house prices, but the impact on nature is massive: in coastal areas, for example, there is a higher level of coastal erosion, for example. Palau and New Zealand came up with a smart solution for this problem: they had visitors to their country sign an eco-promise. Awareness is the key word to be able to preserve nature for future generations: especially now that pictures on social media like Instagram and Facebook, but also digital platforms as AirBnB and Tripadvisor are boosting tourism more and more.

Cua Dai Beach Erosion
Photo by: Hans van der Broek. Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam

Biodegradable sunscreen lotions

Another major danger to the ocean is sunscreen. Did you know The more beach-goers, the more toxic sunscreen gets into our seas. According to research, the toxic pathological effects of the sunscreen UV filter, oxybenzone, are disastrous for the ocean. It causes water pollution, coral mortality and rising sea temperatures. In Mexico, Aruba and Hawaii there is a ban on non-biodegradable sunscreen lotions. Also in this case, awareness is very important: you can buy biodegradable sunscreen for a few extra euros - and the result is priceless.

Strategic partnerships to save our oceans

Plastic is a big problem for the ocean. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of this fact: not only plastic bags, straws and cigarette butts are a danger, but also micro plastic from care products. There is so much plastic in the sea that it is almost impossible to clean up. You may know the Thai Maya Beach, where the movie The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio was shot. That is now one of the best-known hot spots in Thailand. Unfortunately, the bounty island was contaminated by more and more plastic. In October 2018, Thailand closed the beach to clean up the enormous havoc of plastic. To be able to do this globally, cooperation between countries and regions is needed, but strategic partnerships are crucial. This also applies to packaging products in order to reduce the pollution of the oceans.

Sustainable tourism can save the ocean from a collapse: we just have to do it together. Awareness is therefore more important than ever. Do you still want to go on those beautiful beach vacations? Make these vacations green! Adjust your travel behaviour and make sure that your grandchildren can still enjoy the beaches with their children. The ocean needs our help!

https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/community/lifestyle

Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Hospitality Influencers: Tourism Damage

The sand between your toes, the sun on your face, a light ocean breeze through your hair… For a lot of people this is the perfect description of a perfect holiday. The view of the ocean guarantees that sunny holiday feeling. Therefore, millions of people each year will go on a trip to the sea. But the ocean is of course much more than just a nice place of interest for tourists: it is a source of income for people that work in sea fishing, who provides us with the inhabitants of the ocean, fish, in other words: proteins. But first of all, the ocean is the home of billions of species - it is the source of life. And tourism is destroying that source. Sustainable tourism: here to rescue our oceans The majority of our earth's surface consists of water: the ocean is enormous and is needed for humanity to survive. World Economic Forum wonders: ‘what happens when it is facing a crisis and cannot revitalize its own wounds?’ Through human activities, according to scientists, 90% of the coral reefs in the ocean will have died in 2050. It doesn't help that more and more people can and will travel: World Economic Forum writes that according to United Nations World Tourism Organization, the number of international tourist trips worldwide reached 1.3 billion in 2017 and is predicted to reach 1.8 billion by 2030. All that traveling and the accompanying economic growth puts enormous pressure on natural resources and biodiversity. Tourism can therefore be disastrous for the ocean and nature, but sustainable tourism can also be a solution to various problems concerning the wellbeing of the ocean. Awareness through an eco-promise Well-known cities, like Amsterdam or Barcelona, must deal with a growing flow of tourists. Touristic-driven gentrification has major consequences for the inhabitants of the cities, such as higher house prices, but the impact on nature is massive: in coastal areas, for example, there is a higher level of coastal erosion, for example. Palau and New Zealand came up with a smart solution for this problem: they had visitors to their country sign an eco-promise. Awareness is the key word to be able to preserve nature for future generations: especially now that pictures on social media like Instagram and Facebook, but also digital platforms as AirBnB and Tripadvisor are boosting tourism more and more. Photo by: Hans van der Broek. Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam Biodegradable sunscreen lotions Another major danger to the ocean is sunscreen. Did you know The more beach-goers, the more toxic sunscreen gets into our seas. According to research, the toxic pathological effects of the sunscreen UV filter, oxybenzone, are disastrous for the ocean. It causes water pollution, coral mortality and rising sea temperatures. In Mexico, Aruba and Hawaii there is a ban on non-biodegradable sunscreen lotions. Also in this case, awareness is very important: you can buy biodegradable sunscreen for a few extra euros - and the result is priceless. Strategic partnerships to save our oceans Plastic is a big problem for the ocean . Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of this fact: not only plastic bags, straws and cigarette butts are a danger, but also micro plastic from care products. There is so much plastic in the sea that it is almost impossible to clean up. You may know the Thai Maya Beach, where the movie The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio was shot. That is now one of the best-known hot spots in Thailand. Unfortunately, the bounty island was contaminated by more and more plastic. In October 2018, Thailand closed the beach to clean up the enormous havoc of plastic. To be able to do this globally, cooperation between countries and regions is needed, but strategic partnerships are crucial. This also applies to packaging products in order to reduce the pollution of the oceans. Sustainable tourism can save the ocean from a collapse: we just have to do it together. Awareness is therefore more important than ever. Do you still want to go on those beautiful beach vacations? Make these vacations green! Adjust your travel behaviour and make sure that your grandchildren can still enjoy the beaches with their children. The ocean needs our help! https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/community/lifestyle
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