According to the United Nations Environmental Programme, www.unep.org, “research shows that a rising number of tourist are becoming sustainability conscious. The modern tourist wants to give back to the countries and communities and destinations they visit and reduce their impact on the environment”.
But what are the options for the future green tourist or green traveler ? How much of an impact can one person have? The answer is a lot.
It is upon this background, that TBS Africa, a destination marketing and management company, based in Osun State, Nigeria, whose mission is promoting and advocating for eco-friendly and SDG-compliant travel and tourism in Africa, has launched the “Clean & Green Tourism Campaign” for Africa. This initiative is targeted at identifying eco-tourism sites and attractions in Africa for deliberate, intentional and intelligent “Clean & Green Tourism with SDG Action” activity-based advocacy.
Recently in Febuary 2021, the world woke up to the news of the filth and pollution of Lake Naguru, Kenya. According to www.allafrica.com, “all is not well at the lake that hosts the renowned Lake Nakuru National Park. The world-famous Lake Nakuru which was once a pearl in the chain of lakes that dot the great Rift Valley is longer a sight to behold.”
The lake, categorized as a UNESCO World Heritage tourism site, is slowly losing its allure, choking under pollution.
Therefore, starting this year with Osun Osogbo Sacred Groove, to Gurara Waterfalls, and onward to Lake Nakuru, of the Nakuru National Park, Kenya, TBS Africa has identified twelve (12) major eco-tourism sites and attractions in Nigeria and Africa for the “Clean & Green Tourism with SDG Action” Tours for the year 2021.
So why are we doing this?
This is because global tourism is really big business. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), tourist spending swelled from only $2 billion in 1950 to $1.2 trillion in 2015. The number of international tourists has grown by orders of magnitude as well, from 25 million travelled in 1950 to 1.2 billion in 2015.
Domestic tourism is even bigger. It is estimated that between five and six billion people take holidays at home. In one way or another we are almost all tourists. This is good news. Countless jobs have been created in the process, many for the poor.
It also means the potential in tourism going green is massive. But sustainable tourism still only represents a small fraction of the global industry.
Information continues to come out about the damage tourism can do to local environments and economies, including how travel accounts for 8 percent of greenhouse gases and how the foot traffic through national parks damages the very wonders people go there to enjoy.
As responsible travel becomes more and more popular, buzzy terminologies continue to pop up. But what does it all mean?
How can you know if the tour you booked or the hotel you’re staying at is actually environmentally friendly or sustainable?
“The answer is simple”, – according to Capt. Emmanuel Great, Tourism & SDG Advocate at TBS Africa and Convener, Africa Tourism & SDGs Summit 2020 – 2030, – “it is by making sure all actors in the tourism supply chain (the tourist, tourism private sector, government and community) becomes deliberate, conscious and intelligent in their actionable resolve to organize, package or participate only in eco-friendly and SDG-compliant travel and tourism. This is the only way to use tourism as a positive tool to fast-track the achievement of the SDGs in Africa”.
“All individuals, corporate establishments and tourism stakeholders in Africa are welcome to participate in our “Clean & Green Tourism Campaign” for SDG Action in Africa.”
We have identified seven (7) Eco-Tourism attractions in Nigeria and five (5) in Africa that we will tour this year and we will be glad to have everyone on any of these life-changing tours.
This SDG Action tours will be special experiences for all individual, corporate or stakeholder participants, as we will be making use of Green/Sustainable Accommodations, Green/Sustainable Transportation, while experiencing and participating in sustainable tour activities.
In the coming days, we will be releasing our 2021 Calendar of SDG Action Tours for Africa, and will be sharing it with everyone on our various social media platforms
Please, join us and get ready to experience sustainable and SDG-compliant travel and tourism.