Sustainable tourism is the way to go nowadays if we care for the future of the earth at all. There are too many carbon emissions everywhere and it is slowly killing the life on the planet. We should all try and go green in everything that we do, so that we can reduce the carbon footprint and allow for healthier living. In this article, we are going to look at why sustainable tourism is important.
Why tourism matters
10% of the world’s GDP is earned by tourism, directly, indirect, and through induced impact. Tourism is also responsible for 225 million jobs worldwide, and the main income source for many developing countries. By the year 2030, it is projected that there will be 1.8 billion tourists around the world.
Why tourism must change
There is very little, usually less than 10% that is left to benefit the locals in certain types of tourism such as tour operator and resorts. There is also the fact that one night in a hotel produces up to 30 kilograms of carbon dioxide. Tourism is actually the fourth source of pollution in Europe.
How to make tourism more sustainable
People can start of by using healthy means of transport. They should use things like airlines and cars only when they must, since these leave a carbon footprint. They could seek alternatives like riding bicycles, horseback, or hiking. Even a train consumes ten times less than a plane.
The other option is to buy organic foods and local products. They could be fruits, veggies, or anything. The accommodation should also be eco-friendly, and there are many eco-friendly accommodations that can be found throughout the world.
Snorkeling Tours in Playa del Carmen
Being that we are talking about tourism, I thought that we should mention one form of eco-friendly tourism, snorkeling. Playa Snorkeling Tours offer snorkeling tours worth a try, being the best snorkeling in Playa del Carmen. Their highlights being:
- They provide all the snorkeling gear
- You get to visit 3 reefs in Cozumel’s Marine Park
- The rendezvous point is very close to the Ferry Pier where you’ll arrive when coming from Playa del Carmen
- They have English speaking guides
With Playa Snorkeling Tours, you’ll get to visit the following reefs, all of which are shallow reefs in Cozumel’s marine park:
- Paradise Reef.
- Villa Blanca Gardens Reef.
- Dzul-Ha Reef.
The departure times for the snorkeling tours are as below:
- 12:00pm (noon)
- All snorkeling gear (fins, goggles, life jackets, & disposable snorkeling tubes)
- There is snorkeling gear for kids too
- Soft drinks and beer onboard (beer, soda, purified water)
- Boat ride in their glass bottomed boats
- Professional and English speaking snorkel guides
- Snorkeling in 3 shallow reefs in Cozumel’s Marine Park
- Marine Park conservation fee.
- Everything is all-inclusive.
Bonus ($10usd Value)
- Disposable Snorkeling Tube (usually $6usd).
- Marine Park Conservation Fee ($4usd).
- Ferry Transportation when coming from Playa del Carmen.
- Gratuities: optional of course.
Book with Confidence. The Refund Policy has you covered:
In the event that there is bad weather and the harbor master shuts down the port for small boats, you will get a full refund.
Snorkeling is one of the sustainable tourism methods since there are very few carbon emissions that are produces. You can either swim, or view the fish through the glass bottom boat. Companies like Playa Snorkeling Tours emit very little CO2 during their tours.