Blue Planet series boosts eco-tourism

Published on : Wednesday, December 27, 2017

 

blue planet Mark Tanzer, chief executive of the Association of British Travel Agents stated  that the popular BBC nature series will encourage more tourists to visit new destinations making them aware of the negative impact of overcrowding.

 

The popularity of the Blue Planet will lead to a surge in eco-holidays.

 

 

Over-tourism has become an issue in popular locations such as Barcelona, Venice, Palma and Santorini.

 

A research by Abta revealed that more than one in four holidaymakers  planned to visit a country they have not been to before in 2018.

 

Around a third expected to go to a new resort or city.

 

 

Some 70 per cent of people expected the travel companies to ensure their holidays help the local people and economy.

 

 

Abta predicts responsible tourism to be a key trend next year as more social enterprises has popped up contributing to communities, carbon-neutral group tours and the banning of plastics from beaches.

 

 

Travel companies are also looking into the welfare of the animals.

 

 

Thomas Cook wants to remove excursions involving elephant rides and swimming with dolphins from their activities.

 

 

Virgin Holidays announced there will be no promotion of  new attractions or hotels that features captive whales or dolphins.

 

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