(PRWEB) October 2, 2010
MyGardenRouteInfo reports local tourism businesses along South Africa's Garden Route are starting to place greater emphasis on environmental issues. In line with international trends, tourist businesses along the Garden Route are starting to see the importance of offering sustainable and environmentally friendly services and products that aim to lower carbon footprints and promote reduced impact on the natural surroundings.
The new trend which has been defined by non-profit ecotourism organisation The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) as "Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people" has seen a dramatic increase throughout the world in recent years.
According to TIES, eco-tourism has been growing 20-34% per year since the early 1990s, and in 2004, eco-tourism and nature-based tourism around the world grew 3 times faster than the tourism industry as a whole.
MyGardenRouteInfo has also noted an increase in the number of businesses aligning themselves with goals outlined by the likes of TIES, but that does not mean a lowering of standards or necessitate a significant change in the individual travellers habits.
The travel website believes that luxury travel businesses can still offer unparalleled experiences but also do it in a responsible manner. This includes incorporating local communities into business models, increasing the use of energy-saving measures, as well as only making use of sustainable materials to build tourist establishments.
Leading the way in terms of responsible tourism development along the Garden Route (http://gardenroute.mydestinationinfo.com/ ) is Phantom Forest Eco Reserve (http://gardenroute.mydestinationinfo.com/en/phantom-forest-eco-reserve ) in the heart of the indigenous Knysna (http://gardenroute.mydestinationinfo.com/en/knysna-information ) forest. Similar objectives have been achieved by Teniqua Treetops, situated in the Outeniqua forest, which offer eco-conscious travellers a "back to nature" collection of tree-top chalets, and places significant emphasis on long-term sustainability. Wildlife safaris (http://gardenroute.mydestinationinfo.com/en/garden-route-safaris ) are also managing to lead the way with the famous reserves of Shamwari and Addo Elephant Park providing tourists with eco-friendly activities and the chance to immerse themselves in the nature of the area.
MyGardenRouteInfo.com strongly believes that eco-tourism is a critical movement within local industry, and as such it aims to prominently showcase those businesses that offer sustainable alternatives to tourists by providing improved listings and greater details to increase awareness of these organisations.
MyGardenRouteInfo.com is an online travel guide to South Africa's famous Garden Route, as well as the rest of the spectacular Eastern Cape. It is part of the MyDestinationInfo.com network, which has 60 destinations from around, including South African cities Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town. The network uses local experts in each destination, and is backed up by the best design, applications and optimisation available to create information websites for the modern traveller.
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