Sustainable Tourism

On March 4th we co-hosted a Trails Symposium. Take a look at the presentations below!


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Trails Presentations:

Symposium Agenda & Stakeholders
Symposium Agenda & Stakeholders
Symposium Agenda & Stakeholders.pdf
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Ontario Ministry Of Tourism Culture And Sport
Ontario Ministry Of Tourism Culture And Sport
Ontario Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport.pdf
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Georgian Bay Coast Trail
Georgian Bay Coast Trail
Georgian Bay Coast Trail.pdf
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Frontenac Arch Biosphere Trails Strategy
Frontenac Arch Biosphere Trails Strategy
Frontenac Arch Biosphere Trails Strategy.pdf
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FAB Trails & Experiences
FAB Trails & Experiences
FAB Trails & Experiences.pdf
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Explore The Bruce
Explore The Bruce
Explore the Bruce(2).pdf
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 What is Sustainable Tourism?

Sustainable Tourism actively fosters appreciation and stewardship of the natural, cultural and historic resources and special places by local residents, the tourism industry, governments, and visitors.  It is tourism which is viable over the long term because it results in a net benefit for the social, economic, natural and cultural environments of the area in which it takes place.

Parks Canada & Tourism Industry Association of Canada, 2005

What are the benefits of sustainable tourism?

  • Increase tourist visits to your establishment by promoting your sustainability credentials to ‘green-savvy’ consumers who make purchase decisions based on minimizing their own footprint.
  • Reduce operating costs by undertaking initiatives that reduce waste, water and energy consumption.
  • Develop a competitive advantage by establishing and promoting sustainable business practices as a point of difference.
  • Encourage investors interested in companies with long-term sustainability plans that minimize operating risks in the future.
  • Increase long-term profitability by putting plans in place now that will create savings in the future such as minimising transport costs that will continue to rise as fuel becomes more expensive.

Tourists are looking for sustainable tourism options:

71% will make environmentally friendly travel choices this year (TripAdvisor, 2012)

46%  are willing to pay more for products from companies that show a commitment to social responsibility (Nielson, 2012)

22%  say that sustainability is among the top three influencing factors when booking vacations (Kuoni, 2011)

Sustainable Tourism: creating models in Ontario’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserves


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With support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve along with the three other UNESCO biosphere reserves in Ontario: Long Point, Frontenac Arch and Niagara Escarpment, will be working together to build sustainable communities in each of their regions.

With a province-wide grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the four biosphere reserve organizations (all non-profits or charities) will share their knowledge, expertise and other tools in order to build long-term capacity.

Check out the other Ontario Biosphere Reserves working on sustainable tourism:

Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve Foundation

Long Point World Biosphere Reserve

Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Fund

 

 

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