Archivos diarios: 04/03/2016

Meet Travelife at ITB Berlin  

We would be delighted to answer your questions and give more insight in the Travelife programme for travel agents and tour operators at ITB Berlin!

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From Wednesday March 6 until Sunday March 10, Travelife will be at ITB to share information and answer to your questions on Travelife for tour operators and travel agents.

On Thursday 7 March at 17.00 hrs. the German travel association ASR – Allianz Selbstandiger Reiseunternehmen Bundesverband – will present the Travelife personal certificate to three company staff members in the ASR stand in Hall 25, stand no. 142.

If you want to learn more on Travelife certification for tour operators and travel agents please call us, or send an SMS to ph. no. +31 68 122 5733.

We can meet in Hall 26B, stand number 230 (Myanmar stand), or at another location of your choice.

If you wish to meet with us at ITB, please mail us for an appointment via info@travelife.info

Travelife Reception & Award Ceremony
On Thursday 10 March we invite you to join us at a reception and enjoy a drink at the CBI stand (hall 26 A stand 104) from 17.00 – 18.30 hrs.

In the frame of the reception, recently audited travel companies will be awarded.  Please revert your participation to info@travelife.info

We look forward to see you there!

Fuente: Travelife

Foundation for Environmental Education’s Green Key Standard Achieves GSTC-Recognition

March 3, 2016 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Foundation for Environmental Education’s Green Key Standard has achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized’ status. The awarded status affirms Foundation for Environmental Education’s commitment to promote sustainable tourism products and services.

The Green Key Standard is a leading standard for excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry, representing a commitment by businesses that their premises adhere to the strict criteria set by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).  The high environmental standards expected of these hotels are maintained through rigorous documentation and frequent audits.  Green Key is available to hotels, hostels, small accommodations, campsites, restaurants and attractions.

GSTC-Recognized means that a sustainable tourism standard has been reviewed by GSTC technical experts and the GSTC Accreditation Panel in order to be deemed equivalent to the GSTC Criteria.  Additionally, an organization that meets GSTC requirements must administer the standard.  The purpose of the GSTC programs is to recognize and reward genuine practitioners of sustainable tourism, which in turn builds confidence and credibility with consumers. Lee el resto de esta entrada

Cruise ships can destroy the very destinations they sell to us

Italy plans to cut back on the number of visitors allowed into Cinque Terre, a particularly picturesque section of its north-western coast. Around 2.5m tourists visited the area in 2015; this year, numbers will be limited to 1.5m. Such a drastic move raises questions about the impacts and benefits of mass tourism – and particularly cruise ships.

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This region of the Italian Riviera, characterised by its charming seaside villages set against rugged terrain, was once difficult to access and off the beaten path of mass tourism. Cruises helped change all that.

These ships began docking in the nearby port of La Spezia just a couple of decades ago, and several now arrive every week. This brought immediate economic benefits to the region. However, as the numbers of tourists have grown each year, the strain on local infrastructures has become too much to bear. Last year, nearly 650,000 of those Cinque Terre tourists came from cruise ships.

Ahoy, Cinque Terre! Room for 650,000 more? Bev Sykes, CC BY

These are small villages in precarious locations and therefore lack the necessary water, sewerage, electrical, and transportation services to accommodate such a rise in demand. While there are a few public toilets in Cinque Terre, these are not enough – and residents now report tourists using footpaths and even private gardens to relieve themselves.

Everyday life among tourists

None of this is new. Venice should already have provided a warning of the damage wrought by too many cruise ships. More than half of the historic city’s population has left since 1980, when its popularity as tourist destination skyrocketed, and fewer than 58,000 people live in the city today. Their numbers are dwarfed by the 100,000 or more tourists per day during the peak summer season, up to 30,000 of whom are on a cruise.

Most major ocean liners hold 3,000 or more passengers. These large ships allow the number of visitors to the city to exceed its physical capacity, as determined by hotel rooms. This makes everyday life cumbersome. Strolling tourists clutter the footpaths, pausing to take photographs. There are lengthy queues for water taxis, the rates of which have risen because of demand. This is reflective of prices throughout the city.

Modern cruise ships tower over traditional Venice. meunierd / shutterstock

Within the city, tourism is prioritised because of the money it brings in. Property prices continue to rise and residents find it difficult to afford housing in the city. Market stands are steadily closing down as they cannot compete for space in the campi with cafés and pubs, let alone the souvenir shops bursting with Venetian masks. Basic services for life in the city are diminishing. Lee el resto de esta entrada