Why a toolkit?
The Causeway Coast and Glens area has become an EU Charter partner; this demonstrates the determination of the area’s stakeholders to work on more sustainable tourism. In order to achieve this aim, CCGHT offers these guidelines and hope that we will work together for more sustainability.
These guidelines will assist you if you are certain that sustainable tourism could have positive effects on your business (B&B, restaurant, leisure activity etc), but you think it is too complicated and you do not know how to start, or you already have done some actions to become more sustainable and you are looking to go further.
This toolkit can help you to improve your practices, to implement environmental management systems and to move up the sustainability ladder. You will find more information on how your carbon footprint could be decreased (waste, water and energy wastage, and some advices about your purchases). Also, it can show you how to support your local area, the Causeway Coast and Glens, by promoting special qualities of wildlife, landscape and cultural heritage. Thus, it will be possible to work together (with all the stakeholders on the area) by adopting a socioeconomic and cultural approach to tourism development.
Short reminder on sustainable tourism and the benefits for the tourism businesses
Sustainable tourism, in its purest sense, is an industry which attempts to make a low impact on the environment and local culture, while helping to generate income, employment and being part of rural development. It is responsible tourism which is both ecologically and culturally sensitive. It is about caring for the places we love to visit and protecting them for future generations.
Greening your business could help you to:
- Save money and reduce energy and water wastage
- Minimise the negative impact of tourism development in a fragile environment
- Provide a positive message of the business with a new potential marketing
- Improve the quality of your visitor’s experience
- Improve your relationship with the local community by supporting it
Reduce your footprint
Tourism activities have direct impacts on the environment, and you can mitigate them by small daily acts in your business management. Do not forget these small changes can lead to big differences and never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Become environmentally friendly, do your bit for the environment and give the opportunity to staff and visitors to be involved in and take care of your local area.
Support your local area
You live in an area with a rich environment and heritage which make it famous, why not take part in its conservation and promotion. Become active in your area and enjoy the benefits. By being active in your area, you will be able to provide better advice to your customers and give them the opportunity to have a great and unique experience in your region. And by doing this you can also help the growth in local production and traditions.
- Helping to maintain and create jobs in your area
- Sustain local services and facilities
- Stimulate companies and support investments in environmental management
- Growth in local production and traditions
- Enjoy where you live
You can have a quick look at NITB’s advice: Help for Businesses
If you want to examine the efficiency of your actions and report your progresses, the best way is to assess your initial consumptions and to monitor them through the implementation stage by using baseline data on energy, water and waste.
For more efficiency you can organise your actions through a green strategy and an action plan.
if you have already produced a strategy and action plan you may want to consider the next step: an eco accreditation such as – GTBS, Sustainable Tourism Education Programme (STEP) or EU charter.
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