Travelers or tourists?

By June 24, 2019July 5th, 2019ecology

Traveling opens the mind, enriches; it’s adventure, amazement.

For many tourists, though, it’s a collection of likes or a photo for Facebook. Every day, millions of people set out. What do they take and what do they learn in the places they visit? What do they leave?

It’s useful to ask ourselves these questions in light of the projections of the United Nations World Tourism Organization: estimates that in 2020 the continent with the greatest influx of tourists will be Europe, to the extent of 717 million people. Confirmed numbers: in 2018 tourists arriving in Europe increased by 6% reaching 713 million.

The energy consumption of a hotel, compared to a house, is on average 10 times higher, and water consumption is double. However, if the structure is designed for energy saving, it self-produces from renewable sources and recycles white water, it can accommodate creating wealth for the territory.

In 1995, an important step was taken during the World Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Lanzarote, Spain.

The economies cultivated the myth of low cost, and for many the dream of flying becomes reality, but the democratic journey must be managed.

Recognizing the objective of developing tourism that creates economic and environmental value, respecting the places and peoples that inhabit them, the participants had drawn up a concrete document of collaboration aimed at the main players in the sector – companies, government administrations, associations. 24 years later, that document is more relevant than ever, but its degree of application is inversely proportional to its importance. Tourism touches the highest and deepest aspirations of people, resources are limited, demand is growing, and climate change is lurking.

The Forum for the Future has developed 4 scenarios for tourism in 2023 – expensive oil, population growth and pollution will keep us closer to home, so the quality of our reception and related services is intended not only to attract tourists but to preserve our beauties. We will be the first to reap what we sow. No sector can better bring together all the interest of tourism with a single purpose: to build collective well-being.

We are at a loss in comparison with other countries that have less than us but value it better. Our excellences must be valued with gratitude and a sense of responsibility!

Traveling is therapeutic, it opens the heart and the mind, free from the anguish of time, makin it more humble and serene. The vision of life can change in an instant.

Italy is a very rich mosaic of arts, crafts, flavors, nature, talents, and the associations that create sharing networks grow, far from the clamor of the maximum systems: AITR – Italian Association for Responsible Tourism – aggregates, informs and proposes. 170 municipalities in which tourists become temporary citizens, a network of territories and administrators committed to solidarity development.

Literary Nobel prize winner John Steinbeck said:
“People don't take trips - trips take people”.