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Development and Implementation of a Green Tourism Scheme

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Summary

There is increasing awareness amongst travellers worldwide regarding the negative environmental impact of tourism; consequently many travellers are checking the credentials of accommodation establishments before booking.  The Falkland Islands’ tourism product is based on its pristine environment and wildlife.  It is therefore important to demonstrate to travellers that operators on the Islands have a respect for the environment and work hard to minimise the impact of tourism on it.  This project was commissioned to develop a green tourism scheme for the Falkland Islands, educate the accommodation sector regarding its scope, and implement a system of inspections and awards.

Our Approach

Existing green tourism schemes in operation around the work were researched to assess their scope and relevance for the Falklands.  These included TripAdvisor GreenLeaders, EarthCheck, Biosphere Responsible Tourism, Travelife and Green Key.  Based on these, a scheme was established for the Falkland Islands that was designed to be both relevant and implementable.

The proposed scheme was discussed with the majority of serviced and self-catering accommodation establishments in the Falkland Islands to assess their views and acceptance of the guidelines set out within it.  Manuals were prepared and a clear scoring scheme that showed what was required to achieve Bronze, Silver and Gold status.  Badges and certificate were designed and printed.

Finally, the first inspections were undertaken, and based on the findings appropriate badges and certificates were issued.  Acorn now undertakes these inspections on an annual basis in the Falkland Islands.

Outcome

Accommodation providers in the Falklands have responded positively to the scheme.  Initially 40% of all providers signed up to the scheme, with there being year-on-year growth in participants.  Many have changed their operational practices to reduce the environmental impact of guests, and several cases of best practice have been observed and recorded.  These have been collated and circulated to all accommodation providers to encourage their adoption, continue to generate interest and acceptance, and to keep up the momentum of the scheme.  The scheme is now being expanded to include tour operators and tour guides.

Directions

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Development and Implementation of a Green Tourism Scheme

Client:

Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

Location:

Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands Tourist Board

This project contributes to the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Acorn AwardsSDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 2020
  • Acorn AwardsSDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation 2020
  • Acorn AwardsSDG12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns SDG12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 2020
  • Acorn AwardsSDG13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts SDG13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 2020
  • Acorn AwardsSDG14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, marine resources for sustainable development SDG14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, marine resources for sustainable development 2020
  • Acorn AwardsSDG15 - Protect, restore, promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, halt biodiversity loss SDG15 - Protect, restore, promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, halt biodiversity loss 2020

Contact us

3 Woodland Enterprise Centre, Hastings Road,
Flimwell, East Sussex, TN5 7PR, UK

+44 (0) 1580 879970

contact@acorntourism.co.uk