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‘Irresponsible’ Tourism A Great Contributor To Global Warming: Biofuels, 'Staycations' To Help Reduce Greenhouse Effect

Travelers Today       By    JC Santos

Updated: Jan 06, 2017 03:45 AM EST

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Resorts that allow hunting during safaris and apparently paying for all-inclusive tour packages are damaging the environment and contributing indirectly towards global warming. Despite more than a hundred countries agreeing to the provisions of the Paris Agreement on climate change and reducing the carbon footprint, travelers in select resorts can consume huge energy, oil and water supplies and give back so little to the vacation spot's sustainability.

According to Responsible Travel, all-inclusive resorts, hunting, animals as tourist attractions are examples of irresponsible tourism. Most alarming is the offer of all-inclusive vacations from resorts.

According to the travel watch website, travelers are forced to stay in a single location thereby exhausting all energy and water supply from a vacation spot quickly en masse. It can attract many visitors to the vacation spot but the amounts they pay -- which are usually discounted as per vacation packages -- are little in return of investments when it comes to environmental destruction.

Immense consumption of energy and oil indirectly affects the demand for oil and energy production. Many developed and developing nations still use coal plants to generate electricity and the higher the demand, the more coal is burnt to produce the energy needed.

According to Greenbiz, it is possible "staycations" might only be the safest and the most sustainable type of vacation to have -- but only if it can "develop a larger sense of community necessary to address global threats," meaning raising awareness on tackling climate change.

The environment campaign website said services like Airbnb can lower energy and water activities of huge hotel resorts and chains as based on the company's studies, Airbnb guests only consume 63% less energy than hotel guests.

The website added that airlines are also looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint. It cites aircraft manufacturer Boeing's efforts to develop new fuel efficiency technologies and going for biofuel as aircraft fuel effectively reducing its greenhouse gas contributions and possibly lowering ticket prices worldwide. Airlines generate 2 percent to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

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