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ARE YOU A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER?


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"They say travel broadens the mind; but you must have the mind." GILBERT K. CHESTERTON, English poet, novelist, essayist

Tourism is the "movement of people, spatially and temporally, out of their own communities for leisure and business purposes". A tourist is defined by the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) as a "visitor staying for more than 24 hours in a country visited for business or leisure purposes". WTO statistics for 2002 estimated international tourist receipts of US$ 463 billion, a total of 693 million tourist arrivals across the globe and forecast over one billion arrivals by 2010 and over 1.56 billion around the year 2020.Sustainable tourism, also known as ecotourism, is defined as leisure travel that provides tourists with an educational and adventurous experience visiting complex and fascinating ecosystems and their associated cultures and traditions. Ecotourism should inform tourists about what's needed to sustain the environment they're visiting, and should also help local populations understand the importance and value of their home. Ecotourism can also help foster a sense of environmental stewardship by encouraging travellers to be mindful of wasting resources and polluting the environment. Ecotourism can also help local economies by generating revenue and jobs, which further encourages the local population to preserve its environment.
  • Which is the best definition of a tourist? Compared with previous generations, people in Western countries today are taking longer, more expensive and more exotic holidays. Which factors have influenced this change? And which factors (environmental degradation, natural disaster, terrorism, overexploitation, etc.) may contribute to a decline in tourism? What’s the aim of ecotourism? Focused on UK situation, What is tourism? [www.bbc.co.uk/apps/ifl/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/quizengine?quiz=tourismtest&templateStyle=geography] is an easy-to-fill multiple choice quiz: all answers are correct except one. Try, it will take you only a few minutes!


  • CoastLearn is a distance Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) vocational training package that makes extensive use of the electronic media. It is an on-line, free of charge, flexible training tool. The package is tailored to the training and technical needs of countries in transition, and aims to target coastal managers and planners working at local, sub-national, and national levels. Universities and NGOs are the secondary target-group. Try their Test your knowledge quiz [www.biodiversity.ru/coastlearn/tourism-eng/quiz.html] focused on coastal tourism: only 14 questions and you get each answer step-by-step! (B)


  • Which is the highest capital city in the world? And the tallest wooden building? Which is the deepest canyon in the Americas? Where can you find the world’s second longest barrier reef? Fill the Test your knowledge on Latin America quiz [www.southamericanexperience.co.uk/information/quiz.html], and get all the answers! Recommended for those who are planning a trip to discover the Andes or the Maya civilisation’s heritage, or wish to visit the Galapagos, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, etc. (B)


  • Amazon Interactive: the Ecotourism Game [www.eduweb.com/ecotourism/eco1.html] was published by Educational Web Adventures in 1996. Your task in this online adventure game is to manage an ecotourism project in the Amazon. Consider personal, cultural, environmental and financial issues. It takes about 10-20 minutes: interesting, realistic exercise, with feedback on your performance.


  • Published by the British Council, here you have a nice, basic game on ecotourism. At the top are seven things that “Dirty Dan, the bad tourist” [www.learnenglish.org.uk/Words/Activities/ecotourism01.html] told his friends when he returned from holidays. Below are seven golden rules of ecotourism that he broke. Can you match Dan's statements to the golden rules? Use your mouse to move the words from the top to the boxes below. Use the right button on your mouse to check your answers. (B)


  • Climate Care offers organisations and individuals a way to reduce their impact on global warming. Clean up your CO2 emissions quickly and efficiently, by using our simple calculators. Offset the emissions from your flight today using their Air Travel Calculator [ www.climatecare.org/living/calculator-help ]. You can also calculate your emissions from your energy use at home and/or car travel.

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  • Total Destination Management is an internationally recognised team of specialists in destination branding, tourism planning and marketing. They have created and managed award winning campaigns and brand building for some of the world's leading tourism destinations. Among other tools, the organisation’s website provides a Community Tourism Quiz [www.destinationbranding.com/pdf/community_quiz.pdf]: a quick quiz (10 questions) to see how your community’s tourism activities compare with some of the best. (A)


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