Travel writing tends to err on the side of over-sweetened. A “feel-good” slant promises travelers what internet porn promises teenage boys: pure fantasy. The occasional “bad news” piece is limited to comedic annoyances, like the shrinking of airplane seats or the banning of selfie sticks.
For the month of April’s ecotourism theme, I compiled an article on The Travel Word about tourism and the environment. I asked my colleagues at WHL Group the question, “What is Tourism’s Biggest Threat to the Environment?” Answers were varied, but a few common themes came up.
By Erinn Stam. Cruises contribute a disproportionate amount of waste when compared with other means of travel. The U.K.-based Climate Care estimates that cruise ships emit more carbon dioxide than long-haul flights. Eco-conscious travelers who still want to enjoy the cruise experience can choose from one of several alternative options.
Abstract: Caribbean cruise ship tourism presents threats to the natural environment that are failing to be addressed by existing policy and enforcement mechanisms. An environmental tax in the form of a ‘user fee’ is proposed as an incentive-based policy instrument. The two-fold effects would be 1) the capture of more economic rent for Caribbean destinations’ natural resources, and 2) a reduction of the environmentally harmful activity of mass cruise ship tourism in the area.