Tourism and the environment

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Tourism employs approximately 255 million workers worldwide and accounts for around 13% of consumer spending, the largest amount after food. This is due to an improving economy and, with it, increased income and leisure time combined with lower airfares have facilitated further development of the tourism sector. But it has both positive and negative effects.

Positive factors include job creation, increased economic income, allowing greater investment in the protection of natural spaces, avoiding the migration of the local population and raising economic and cultural levels Socialisation of the local population, commercialization of local products, ideas, habits and lifestyles Communication and environment awareness of tourists and residents.

The tourist flow contributes to climate change, acid rain and the formation of ozone in the troposphere due to air and road transport which are one of the main causes of direct and indirect emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and other pollutants, and the loss of biodiversity. It affects ecosystems that range from coastlines ravaged by concrete walls to mountains that host ski resorts or are invaded by millions of tourists like the Alps.

Taking into account that this sector is an important source of consumption of environmental resources (water, energy, raw materials…), it is therefore not surprising that actions are needed to significantly reduce its impact on the environment. Environmental impacts can be minimised through good management and control of environmental impacts and comprehensive control of environmental regulations.

Sustainable tourism

The concept of sustainable development explains the close and unavoidable relationship between natural systems and development. It refers to the iterative process of changing the development of natural resources, the direction of investment, and technological progress together with institutional changes to meet current and future social needs. This concept does not refer to a state of stability and harmony, but to a process in which conditions are constantly changing.

Tourism development must be sustainable in the long term, ethically and socially fair to the local community, and economically viable. Tourism is a mass phenomenon that meets real needs and is created, and due to the increase in income and leisure time, as well as the increase in the number of consumers, the benefits will become increasingly important. Sources of income and employment are essential and must be targeted and regulated to reduce global emissions (emissions from air and land transport) and local emissions (biodiversity loss, degradation) and ensure their sustainability.

The commitment to sustainable development is not only necessary but also a great opportunity and a sure bet for the future.

There are three approaches to sustainable development: environmental, sociocultural, and economic. The ecological environment approach reflects the trend of ecologically sustainable development, focusing on the ecological conditions necessary to support human life in the future. The social approach itself is closely related to the economic approach, since the benefits of this economic result are distributed equitably, while the local economy and society create jobs.

BAIA BELLA and the environment

BAIA BELLA is an eco-friendly beach club located in Beaulieu-sur-Mer (France) which uses locally sourced materials. It is respectful of nature and has enforced strict design rules and work processes to make sure that nature is preserved. They already integrate saving practices in electricity and water consumption, efficient waste management and quantifies their impact.

In this context and committed to the fight against climate change and the path to sustainability, BAIA BELLA through its carbon footprint will be able to identify and analyse its environmental and social impact with the help of ALLCOT, its ally in this frame. ALLCOT will help BAIA BELLA to define concrete actions to make the business sustainable, promoting the reasonable use of natural resources and their consumption.

The Carbon Footprint is a fundamental step for BAIA BELLA to know the direct and indirect impact on the environment and society. This strengthens its business strategy towards a sustainable and carbon-neutral business model in line with current market trends:

  • Strengthen its leadership position in the tourist sector on the path to sustainability.
  • Compliance with legal and future restrictions.
  • Promotion of good practices in terms of sustainability and physical and mental well-being.
  • Improvements in positioning, competitiveness and media impact.
  • Active integration of all stakeholders in decision-making processes.

Sustainability and neutrality are not intended to eliminate the options of BAIA BELLA’s service portfolio, but rather to integrate efficient strategies for continuity and adaptation to new market demands.

The results showed that BAIA BELLA is the first Beach Club that will be carbon negative and it anticipates the regulations of the new Government based on sustainability and climate change commitments

For more information, please check BAIA BELLA website.

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Communication ALLCOT