Tourism out of control, says National Geographic ed

| 12/04/2011

(Travel Tourism is out of control, according to Costas Christ, editor-at-large of National Geographic Magazine. Making the keynote speech at The 12th Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Conference in Bermuda last week, he said lack of control and awareness of sustainability has led to the destruction of many pristine sites. He cited examples such as Haad Rin, the venue for the infamous Full Moon party in Thailand. Christ believes the industry will only get it right if it heeds three basic principles: – Reduce, reuse, recycle, Protect culture, heritage and nature and ensure that tourism brings many social benefits for locals. “Whilst much progress has been made there is much more than can be done here in the Caribbean and in the rest of the world,” he said.

“No stone should be left unturned in our pursuit of a more sustainable environment and through that a more sustainable tourism product.”

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