2002 world tourism arrivals have
grown by 23% and are forecast to double by 2020. There are concerted
efforts by all stakeholders to decrease the negative environmental and
social effects of the industry. The most recent World Tourism Day in
Lima Peru on 27th September 2008 was held under the theme
“Tourism Responding to the Challenge of Climate
This event signaled that even mainstream tourism is realizing that it
must become more sensitive to the environment.
to 2005 report by the Center
on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development (CESD) and The International
Ecotourism Society (TIES), “Many travelers seek out pristine
environments to visit, and it is important to the vast majority of them
that their trip not damage local ecosystems. They are interested in
patronizing hotels that are committed to protecting the local
environment, and increasingly view local environmental and social
stewardship as a responsibility of the businesses they
Today, forecasters of the industry predict that with increasing public
sensitization to environmental issues, tourism facilities that do not
incorporate some ecologically beneficial standards, will be left behind
in the coming years.
meetings to discuss the future of
the region, Caribbean heads of government have been looking for ways to
sustain the tourism industry in the face of global challenges. With a
desire to have tourism continue to be a viable and lasting contribution
to the economy of small island states, there is increased financial
backing for eco-initiatives through government subsidies, concessions
and loans through private banks.
hundreds of suitable properties
available, Caribbean Land and Property are motivated and ready to help
those looking for eco-developments in the Caribbean region and support
the growth of environmentally and socially responsible tourism.