We have four experts that tackle our theme of Redefining the Dive Resort and determining if tourists really do care that a resort is sustainable. The answer from four world renown resorts in Indonesia, the Cayman Islands and Belize is a resounding yes! “they do care”. Our speakers share their hard won experiences in creating sustainable travel, eco-resorts and obtaining Golden Globe Certifications and they offer hints on what is really important on your own path to sustainability.
Sustainable Travel: Does the Tourist Care — Dr. Rachel Dodds
Dr. Dodds backs up her opinions with statistics and personal observation and she emphatically answers the question posed by the title of her talk “Sustainable Travel: Does the Tourist Care” with a yes and consequently those dive travel operations that do not take heed are at risk.
The questions that Rachel asks are important to the entire travel industry. The tourism industry is always speaking in terms of growth in numbers but not in terms of yield. For example they say tourism to the Cayman Islands is up 10% or Thailand had nearly a million tourists’ “but you need to think about the impact of those numbers.” In terms of a marine sanctuary is it preferable having 50,000 tourists or 5,000 eco-tourists? As a dive operator at an eco-resort, Rachel says “I would prefer to have less people that paid more and stayed longer, rather than a group that dives ten different destinations in ten days, that is not sustainable anymore.”
To learn more regarding how to measure the success of sustainable businesses, read “Sustainable Travel: Does the Tourist Care” at: Ocean Profiles: Dr. Rachel Dodds
Wakatobi: How a Remote Dive (Operation in Sulawesi became an Award-Winning Destination and Model for Sustainability — Henrik Rosen
Henrik Rosen has been involved with Wakatobi since the beginning and has now devoted over a decade to bringing Wakatobi from a little known dive operation into one of the world’s most well-known dive resorts. “What is most satisfactory about what we have accomplished with Wakatobi” Henrik points out “is we have shown that businesses can accomplish great things not only for their customers but also for the environment.” Henrik adds that at “Wakatobi I feel that we are in a “for-everyone’s-profit business.”
To discover the nuts and bolts, including building a power plant and airport, of how Henrik Rosen helped build Wakatobi and got it up and running as a desirable and sustainable travel and dive resort see “Wakatobi: How a Remote Dive (Operation in Sulawesi became an Award-Winning Destination and Model for Sustainability” at Ocean Profiles: Henrik Rosen
From a 50’s Fishing Club to a Green Globe Resort: How to Take on Sustainability Certification for your Operation When the Task Looks Daunting — Jennifer Miles and Neil Van Niekerk
Being a sustainable dive operation is recognized at the Southern Cross Club as an indispensable part of protecting the marine environment and coral reefs off Little Cayman Island. The mission of the Southern Cross Club calls for ensuring the preservation of the land and ocean environments for the use of its guests, residents of the island and future generations. This ideal enabled the resort to become Green Globe Certified in 2010;
A Green Globe certification is given for participating in a global program that provides a framework for sustainable tourism and insures the traveler of finding sustainable travel destinations and quality community interactions.
To find out more about sustainable travel read Jennifer’s and Neil’s “From a 50’s Fishing Club to a Green Globe Resort: How to Take on Sustainability Certification for your Operation When the Task Looks Daunting” travel to Ocean Profiles: Jennifer Miles and Neil Van Niekerk
How to Create a Resort Experience Divers Will Pay to Protect — Dana Krauskopf
The Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort in Belize is owned by Dana Krauskopf and her husband. In 2013 Hamanasi received its Golden Globe Certification and in 2014 received TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award for second in the world for Service. The resort has also received awards from Romance & Best Small Hotels and the Condé Nast 2013 Readers’ Choice Award.
You must view sustainability as a lifetime journey Dana says “because.. I always say to my employees that the biggest hurdle is the one in your mind, after that the rest is just a check list.”
Dana shares many very valuable clues from her experiences in creating a sustainable and high-end business in “How to Create a Resort Experience Divers Will Pay to Protect” found at Ocean Profiles: Dana Krauskopf