is a growing trend in the tourism industry. As it continues to flourish,
ecotourism now represents 11.4 percent of global consumer spending.
Ecotourism involves traveling to destinations where the natural areas and cultural heritage are the main attractions. It is a form of sustainable travel that aims to support the places we visit instead of exploiting its resources.
The concept is not new at all. Ecotourism, called nowadays in different terms such as green tourism, responsible tourism, and nature tourism started in the 1980’s. However, since the declaration of the United Nations World Tourism Organization in 2017 as the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development, the concept of eco-conscious traveling started to flourish anew.
of overwhelming development and suffering the consequences of its massive
tourism, Boracay is now also gearing towards eco and sustainable tourism. Since
the island’s reopening on October 26 last year, new policies and guidelines
have been laid down. These changes only have one goal: to encourage island
visitors to be more conscious of the impact they create.
If you want to make a difference in your next Boracay visit, here are a few tips on how you can be a certified “eco-tourist.”
Cut Down Your Plastic Use
Plastic is a
global problem, especially for the Philippines. The country is considered as
third in the world in terms of plastic waste production. Luckily, Boracay
already took one step forward by banning single-use plastic. Even hotels and
establishments are required to use non-plastic packaging.
you can do is always to bring your bag when shopping. Have a refillable water
bottle too to avoid buying water bottles which all in up in trash bins.
energy is a habit that should be practiced by everyone, much more when
traveling. When you’re staying in a hotel or resort, don’t forget to turn off
the lights or any appliances when going out. Unplug gadgets if it’s fully
charged. Simple things like that will save your device and the environment.
also highlights helping local economies to prosper. So when you are traveling,
choose local brands. Buy from local stores. Eat at home-grown restaurants. This
way, you are helping smaller businesses, instead of giving your money to
Make Local Connections
To make your
vacation more meaningful, make friends with the locals. Locals know best about
their place so you will be guided truthfully. Also, make sure to do some
research before going to your destination.
friend in Boracay is not hard to do. You have to smile and start a
conversation, and you already gain a friend and might be a tour guide too.
Leave Only Footprints
but memories. Cliché as it sounds, but it is always right. Don’t take any
marine life from the sea as a souvenir. Don’t take any amount of sand home. Do
not litter. Yes, simple as that. These small actions create a significant
impact, especially if done collectively.
Lastly, Pick An Eco-Friendly
eco-conscious place. Check your hotel’s commitment to sustainable tourism. Much
more a place with its tranquil vibe where you can peacefully commune with
Speaking of which, Pinnacle Resort and Villas is an ideal place for eco-tourist. The resort offers wide spaces where you can relax while enjoying the lush environment of the area. The resort have dispensers to avoid the single use of plastic and they used natural cleaning agents like vinegar and baking soda. The resort also employs an electric vehicle as a hotel service. E-trikes are more convenient and even release much less carbon emission. The resort is also one of the resorts in Boracay and try to incorporate responsible traveling with their guests.
Aside from that,
the resort has 91 dedicated rooms for all types of travelers. There’s always
one perfect for you. So if you can change your ways, start making small steps
each day to protect the environment. You can start with your travels!