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4 sustainable (and successful) tourism strategies

Creating lasting planet-focused practices requires serious strategic thinking – in this blog, we share the stories behind 4 tourism projects that took responsibility in their stride, becoming key case studies for successful and sustainable tourism strategy.  

KISS: Keep it simple, sustainably  

Huge teams often lead to repeated work. Despite individuals’ best intentions, a study highlighted that there was no coordination towards shared goals for sustainability across Teton County’s staff, a vast team managing huge expanses of land across Yellowstone and other national parks. To increase productivity, the organization simplified their plans to one achievable goal: to gain third-party certification of their sustainability within five years. 

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More people in nature, less pollution 

Small changes can make all the difference if they’re well-place and well-timed. Through collaboration, not-for-profit organization Parkbus created the world’s first dedicated city-to-park transit system, making car-free visits to local nature spots possible. Managed by only 3 full time staff, the project increases access, decreases pollution, and brings economic, social and environmental benefits to local tourism businesses. 

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The Caribbean’s first carbon neutral hotel 

Most resorts in the Caribbean, and worldwide, are still afraid of ‘interfering’ with the guest’s luxury experience. The Bucuti & Tara Resort maintains, however, that sustainability can be viable – and proves it by operating at 97% occupancy with up to 70% repeat visits. 

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Rethinking rivers 

In Fiji during the early 2000s, commercial loggers could legally log trees all along the edge of the Navua River, causing huge sedimentation issues downstream, harmful to both public health and biodiversity. But in an unstable country where incomes are limited, simply banning this work wasn’t a solution. Instead, the UNCA did some out-the-box thinking, and asked how the same money could be generated through eco-tourism. The resulting partnership shifted the economy away from extracting local resources and onto celebrating them: white water rafting and other recreational activities brought truly sustainable incomes to locals and directly contribute to conserving the natural spaces. 

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