Friday, November 17, 2006

Unit 4 Writing task. Sustainable tourism


You work in a travel agency. Your company is promoting this new kind of tourism, travelling being respectfull with the environment. Write a report explaing what is exactly this and what can do the tourist to travel in this way.

Have a look at different websites dealing with this topic and send them to this blog as a commentary so that they could help to other students to write their own report.

See you here!

18 comments:

  1. Is very funny the new concept of sustainable tourism, many agencies will try to tell you that this kind of tourism lies in travelling to the countryside, to the villages or the mountains, to believe such a lie is an huge mistake . Our new agency will teach you how to practice this kind of tourism, our guides will not only come with you to lead you, they will make a great effort to dont let you damage our environment, in the hotels you will suffer water restrictions just as the local people, the energy will be provide by solar energy panels, we will always cook in our restaurants with pressure cookers and the rubbish will be mainly recyclable, the price is only a bit higher than in the other agencies, but isn´t it worth it for our environment? Learn how to live travelling with our agency.

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  2. Thanks Patri,

    But, what could offer a hotel in order to be environmentally friendly? Do you know any? Any website? Could you add it here?

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  3. Our agency is firmly convinced that only with the practice of sustainable tourism, we can aboid the deterioration of our planet. That is why we only offer to our clients accomodation in hotels that follow the recomendations of the World Tourism Organitation.
    Bearing this in mind, our hotels are built respecting the environnment in which they are placed, they used no drinkable water for the cleaning and garden´s watering, they used solar energy panels, they recycle rubbish, they employ local people not only for the cleaning and cooking, but also in the administration service,
    they provide prepared people in order to guide our clients on how to respect and best enjoy the customs and way of living of the people in the place and they reinvest part of their benefits for the improvment of their towns and cities.

    Have a look at this websites:

    http://www.world-tourism.org/
    frameset/frame_sustainable.html
    http://www.turisos.net/
    http://www.tecnociencia.es/
    especiales/turismo_sostenible/

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  4. jose carlos moreno gutierrez1/10/2007 10:34:00 pm

    The sustainable tourism minimize pollution, waste, energy consumption, water usage, etc. The tourists can help preserving the enviroment and to decrease the climatic change while they are visiting a natural area.
    Whith our trips you can enjoy a special experience, know the local customs and be careful whith our planet. The most enviromentally responsible hotels are in our big hotel chain.
    Don´t doubt it! Sustainable tourism is the best choise.

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  5. jose carlos moreno gutierrez1/10/2007 10:47:00 pm

    Sorry I forgot the websites. Here you are:
    http://www.gdrc.org/uem/eco-tour/eco-tour.html
    http://www.ecotour.org/xp/ecotour/
    http://www.uneptie.org/pc/tourism/sust-tourism/home.htm
    http://www.deh.gov.au/heritage/publications/sustainable-tourism/index.html
    http://www.sustainabletourism.net/

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  6. Nowdays "sustainable tourism" is a concept too much repited, but, do you know exactly what it means? The best way to know it is visiting "Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park", situated in Almería (Spain). There you will find the paradise, where environment is living with the human. The touristic offer is always focus in sustainability (balance: economical-social-enviromental). Hotels, restaurants, activities, all of them try to get this balance. And there is an eco-certificate for this kind of establisments.
    Have a look in this website (it is made by me): www.fiapa.es/DirEco/principal.htm

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  7. Thanks Elvira! Why don't you try to find another word for "repited" and "establishments"?

    Best wishes,

    María

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  8. I am Elvira
    Are the words "repited" and "establishments" written wrong?
    I suppose it is repeated, but I can not find the right term for "establishments", perhaps I could change it by companies or business, could I?

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  9. I am Elvira MArín
    Are the words "repited" and "establishments" written wrong?
    I suppose it is repeated, but I can not find the right term for "establishments", perhaps I could change it by companies or business, could I?

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  10. Much better "repeated" and "business", yes ;)

    Thanks!

    María

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  11. You feel remorse because by travelling you take part in the destruction of nature? Don't worry: everybody can start to travel in an environmentally respectful way, and here we are to help you: We will provide you information about trips without taking a plane, we have lists of Hotels all over the world where you can be sure, that renewable energy is used, that all means of saving energy and water are applied and where waste-reduction is realised. For more information please have a look at our leaflets you will find plenty of interesting and environmentally respectful trips to Lisbon, the Cote Azure, Madrid and the Cabo de Gata.

    Gabriele

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  12. Thank you very much for your contribution Gabriele! mmm... Look at your first sentence, the question. Don't you see anything wrong? ;) Good luck with your exams!!

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  13. Our agency offers a range of travel based on sustainable tourism. We are dedicated to providing education services and enviromental conservation, offering low-impact tours.
    Some of features of our trips are:
    - We work with local communities that help local economies.
    - Employ local guides, suppliers and operators in the destination we travel.
    - Tour leader recive trainning in low-impact practises.
    - We using local transportation.
    - Our stays are in small-scale hotels situated in the zone.
    - And more...........
    For more information call us.

    Juan Pérez.

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  14. Hi Juán,

    Very good, but, try to be more specific ;)

    Kind regards,

    María Jordano

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  15. I think that it's a bit late, anyway.

    I think that in a city maybe could be more difficult to take measure to be respectfull with the environment. However, I think we could do things like: not to take any vehicle, I mean, just to use local transport. Inside hotels, no to use elevators, some kind of water measure with the purpose to not waste too much useful and necessary water. But mainly, I think hotels and travel agencies must be give some rewards to encourage people to participe in this matter we're talking about.

    Kind regards,

    Paula

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  16. Great Paula!

    I don't see the point of not using the elevator... Depending on the number of floors, I suposse.

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  17. I know that is too late, but anyway I'm going to make my litte contribution.

    Last week I began a blog about travels and the way to save money on its. It's in Spanish but mostly of the webs I recomend are in English and can help you for improve your English and learn more vocabulary about tourism. http://ahorrarviajando.blogspot.com/

    Looking for in internet I found a diferent kind of tourism that consist in work in a ecological farm during four or five hours a day, and they teach you how to be more respectfull with the environment in diferents works and give you free accomodation and food for these days. It's call Woofing.
    If you want to visit diferents countries all around the world, know more about enviroment, learn a new work and share experiences with people of another countries, I think that you can find a good oportunity here:

    http://ruralvolunteers.org/WHOSTS/
    http://www.wwoof.org/
    http://www.wwoofinternational.org/
    http://www.helpx.net/ (Australia)
    http://www.helpexchange.net/
    http://www.helpandhost.net/

    http://ahorrarviajando.blogspot.com/2010/03/viaja-gratis-ayudando-los-demas.html

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  18. Great Lobernia!
    I will have a look to the blog you have just started! And it's not late, donkt worry ,)

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