I haven't really been that interested in the tourism area before as a part of me have discarded the thought that tourism could be sustainable. However, I guess that tourism doesn't need to include flying and it could be done with respect, which were some of the things we talked about today. One good thing about travelling is that it broadens one's mind and respect for other cultures if done in the right way. However, that way needs to be a mutual exchange, also the local people should gain something from your trip. In many places tourism do contribute to economic development, however, at the same time, especially for all exclusive trips, the money spent by travellers goes to the international companies owning the hotels and not the local economy.
What was interesting for me as I am now in the process of writing my thesis about the cotton supply chain, it opened up to me that the main problem in the travel agancies' supply chains is not that different. They are lacking transparency and the main companies are lacking knowledge and insight about their suppliers and sub-suppliers. However, it seem the travel industry is still a step behind in the sustainability process, the first eco-labels for hotels are still doing baby-steps and many travel agencies still haven't got code of conducts.
All in all a very good day, even though I am tired now! Before I go to bed I still want to say I really enjoyed the food which was all vegetarian and mostly vegan, from Hållbart & Njutbart catering in Stockholm. And I want to share with you this list of the ten most ethical destinations 2013 (you can read how the list is created here, the list should probably be taken with a pinch of salt but still interesting)
- Cape Verde
- Costa Rica