Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Responsible Travel : Getaway is a beach


How do we describe a perfect holiday? Nowadays, the first thing that pops into one’s mind when asked with this question is a beach getaway. With the sugary-white sand piling up on your feet, then being enticed for a swim in the crystal clear water, the beach escape is a traveller’s paradise here on earth.  Recently, we have seen a surge in tourist arrivals flocking to beach areas to have their fair share of sun, sea and surf while being with friends or family. But with this growing number of tourists flooding our beaches, it has turned pristine coastline into a mishmash of trash.
Good thing, a lot of the accommodation establishments springing up on beach areas around the world are now moving forward to more sustainable operations for guests. One good example to this is Curtain Bluff Resort where it has mixed a wide-array of watersports in the Antiguan tropics with green initiatives such as water conservation, capitalizing on modern equipment such as chlorinators and reactors for water filtration and reuse.
On the other side of the world, in Australia, we have Shboo Shelly BeachLodge, with its log cabin façade but perched near the sea, where the energy used for its daily operations are harnessed from natural sources such as sunlight and wind energy. Because of this, it has consistently barred emissions from its facilities ever since leveraging on natural energy supply. 
Not only do these resort establishments provide a greener environment for its guests, it has also given the local community a sustainable way of living. For example, the Elsewhere Beach House The Bakery in Northern Goa has provided locals with day-to-day jobs in the areas of food and beverage, maintenance and events operations. This has triggered employment and economic benefits in the area surrounding the resort.
Whether we are basking in the sun at Antigua, or wading in the seashores of India, these beach facilities have not only given guests their much needed getaway, but it has also provided the environment a longer time to sustainably share its beauty to other travellers for years to come.

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