What is it?
Sustainable tourism is a term that has just recently emerged into the world and is quickly becoming the next big step in global green tourism and world-wide environmental and community sustainability. In contrast to today's conventional tourism, sustainable tourism emphasizes the care-taking of the communities and environments in which the tourism occurs, and aims to create a balanced social and economic environment that benefits both the local communities and their way of life, as well as the tourists and travelers who visit.
Visit : http://www.numptynerd.net/tourism-the-butler-model.html
To see how tourism is broken down into different categories/types, and why sustainable tourism is important!
"SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IS THE CONCEPT OF VISITING A PLACE AS A TOURIST AND TRYING TO MAKE ONLY A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT, SOCIETY, AND ECONOMY. A key aspect is respect for the people who call the location home, the culture and customs of the area, and the socio-economic system. While sustainable tourism is sometimes confused with ecotourism, ecotourism is actually only one aspect of sustainable tourism."
— Sourced from USA Today
Bringing A Vision To Fruition
Although one may think that owning and operating a surf lodge in a beautiful location with great surf, diving, and fishing, is nothing short of living a dream in paradise, we also see it as a once in a life-time opportunity to give back to the land, ocean, and people who have made our lives so unique. More-so, it is a chance to do a little good in this world before we leave it, and give our best shot at preserving and protecting one of the most magical places we have ever experienced.
Surfer's Garden will strive to become a beacon and an example in the world of sustainable tourism, abiding by and implementing policies and practices of sustainable tourism which benefit the local community, economy, and environment while still providing travelers the privilege of visiting such a wonderful place, and to indulge in all the joy and education it holds.
Surfer's Garden has a plan for this vision, a plan to engrain sustainable tourism into the heart of our community. This plan consists of multiple factors, including operation under the policies of sustainable tourism, implementing sustainable practices into every day life and business, organizing and facilitating community and environmental projects with the aid of like-minded organizations, and working in conjunction with San Diego State University's 'Center For Surf Research' , a leading expert program/organization in the field of sustainable tourism and surf travel.
We will also from the beginning be on the path towards complete sustainable operation via the guidelines and aid of 'CFSR' sister organization 'Stoke Certified' which assists and guides resorts & lodges around the world to sustainability via policies and every-day practices which once implemented by a business, begin to benefit the local communities and environment while maintaining a support system for the future success of both the business, and the well-being of the local populations and their way of life.
Here are a few examples of how we plan to promote and implement sustainable tourism within our business model and operation !
- Majority of staff hired locally
- Ingredients for meals sourced locally (Farmers Markets!)
- Facilitation of positive and educational interactions between foreign visitors and local community
- Facilitation/participation, and organizing of community and environmental developments/ projects with the aid of like-minded organizations both local and foreign.
- Attaining sustainable certification via the 'Stoke Certified' global sustainable tourism program
- A portion of all income generated by the lodge will be donated to the local community and ongoing projects
- Sustainable trash and waste disposal
- Rain water storage
- And plenty more !
“Sustainable tourism is envisaged as leading to management of all resources in such a way that economic, social and aesthetic needs can be fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes,
biological diversity and life support systems.”
— World Tourism Organization
Take a quick look at Kyle Thiermann's 'Surfing For Change' video describing the definitions, differences, and the battle between conventional and sustainable tourism. Using a small town in Nicaragua as an example of a beautiful surf destination in need of future protection, Kyle explains how like-minded organizations and individuals who we here at Surfer's Garden will also be teaming up with , plan to provide all the help they can in order to maintain a sustainable model of tourism and give back to the people of the places we visit. Just so happens, this town of Playa Gigante shown in the video is where Surfer's Garden founders Steve and Dustin first met while working a surf camp years ago, and began planning their future sustainable surf lodge aspirations.
Take a look at the first few minutes of the animated video below created by
"The Travel Foundation" for a general but wonderful insight into the need for sustainable tourism , and its benefits !
BENEFITS OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
How You Can Make A Difference!
You can contribute to the practice and promotion of sustainable tourism in multiple ways! First off, keep it kosher by maintaining as best you can, the resorts/lodges and destinations you visit to only those which practice and promote sustainable tourism and its policies.
Volunteer for a community or environmental project next time you travel !
When you visit a destination , especially within a developing country, keep in mind how your actions and decisions while there will impact not only the local population and environment, but the tourists of the future who will surely follow in the footsteps of those before them. Set a good example for others !
While traveling , try to put the majority of your spending money into the hands of the locals, and local businesses, etc. If you are staying at a lodge, hotel, bed and breakfast, resort, etc, owned by foreigners, do your best to assure you have booked your stay with a business that has a positive influence and presence within the local area and community, and is aware of the importance of the local people, culture, and environment.
~ Surfer's Garden ~