Sustainable travel & its long road to success!

Published on : Monday, October 22, 2018

indexSustainable travel has long road to success not only from a resort and business point of view but also from a traveller’s perspective. Tourists have become a lot firmer on the type of location they want to visit, how “green” the location is, what sort of experience the resort provides as well as what they are willing to pay for all of this, it’s significant for the travel sector to sit up and take notice of these tourist “demands”.

Ramesh Jeenarain, Managing Director at World Leisure Holidays South Africa answers some of the relevant questions:

What does sustainable travel mean?

It targets on two more pillars namely economic and social factors. From an economic viewpoint, social impact travel ensures that money spent on a trip or tour stays within the community, that every initiation has a positive effect on the environment and that the culture of the country and community isn’t compromised. Millennials are having increased spending power but are also more cautious about their impact on the world.  As such, these travelers are demanding sustainable travel options and are keen to pay more to make sure that they are staying at an eco-friendly resort. This type of holidaying is particularly known as barefoot luxury and its growing in popularity among holiday-makers and resorts and holiday accommodation that isn’t including sustainable travel choices will be doing themselves (and their environment, culture and economy) a huge injustice.

How can the travel industry be certain that it is practicing sustainable travel?

By reducing the impact on environment. These can include:

* Paperless check-in and check-out.

* Refillable soap, shampoo and shower gel dispensers that decreases plastic amount and waste that goes through the accommodation every day.

* Give away leftover food to the needy in the area rather throwing it away also shows the resort’s commitment to sustainable travel.

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