”The island’s development must be in harmony with its environment”, Sir Khalid Ramli, CEO of Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) tells TravelMole Publisher. LADA has full responsibility granted by the Prime Minister of Malaysia as the coordinating agency in the development and restructuring of Langkawi to become a top sustainable world-class tourist destination, in line with its branding Naturally Langkowi and it status as a UNESCO Geo Park. Allocated $140 million in Langkawi’s Five Year Tourism Development Master Plan in 2011, tourism arrivals continue to increase at double digits rate, surpassing 3 million per year.
Gail Henry, Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Sustainable Tourism Product Specialist, visits with TravelMole Publisher about this new regional sustainable destination management initiative, addressing the challenges Caribbean countries encounter towards their path for developing sustainable tourism. Founding partners include Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (http://destinationsfortomorrow.org/), and the United States Government through the United States Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS). Sustainable Destination Alliance for the Americas (SDAA), starts by helping each participating destination evaluate their destination management practices for strength and areas needing improvement, working with government, private sector, non-profits, NGOs, and the community. Achievements will be recognized at the yearly CTO/TravelMole Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Awards.
Olivia Tagalik, Arviat Tourism Office, tells TravelMole Publisher about Arviat, an area with evidence of over 900 years of inhabitance by nomads, where the current hamlet was created only 50 years ago by the Inuit people, on the western shore of the Hudson Bay, subsisting on fishing and hunting. The community is the host to visitors, which the community has a limited to around 250 per year, which provides them sufficient income and limits the impact on their community and environment. Arviate Tourism Office has been providing training to the community on how to handle tourism.
In order to have a vision, it helps to have a captain at the helm, and Costa Navarino had just that. Messinia, in the Peloponnese region of Greece, was the home of Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos who, following his business prowess in the shipping industry, sought to invest in protecting the land he loved. Although he passed away in 2011, this early environmentalist’s aim to create high end, sustainable tourism facilities in Messinia, lives on today through the company he created, Temes S.A. Stephanos Theodorides, Managing Director of Temes S.A. tells TravelMole Publisher all about their award winning project.
At IPW 2013 Kieron Keady of TravelMole USA interviews Julie Saupe, CEO of Visit Anchorage. Ms. Saupe explains about additional cruise line capacity and new airlift from Europe, via Iceland, direct to Anchorage, saving 4-7 hours for the typical European visitor to Alaska.