Sustainable tourism is not a new type of tourism but one that embraces the triple bottom line, where the local economy, people and environment are considered as equal values. This means that although it is important to make a profit for the region, it also important that the local population and tourists are happy and that the environment is not being compromised due to tourism activities.
This is no easy juggling act!
We are lucky in Cornwall to have the CoasT team, based in Truro, they are another small but dedicated team of people even more passionate about Cornwall than we are … well nearly! The CoaST team are here for both the tourists and tourism businesses. They have a great website and loads more information about sustainable tourism.
Their motto is simple: 5 ways to be the Best Visitor:
1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
In Cornwall we take our recycling very seriously, as we hope you do at home! Say no to packaging where possible, especially plastic bags. You will find recycling banks in most main car parks across the area. In Cornwall we work hard to recycle all we can. Please help us by making use of the recycling system in your accommodation, and asking for one if you can’t find it.
2. Reduce traffic: walk, cycle or use public transport
Walking and cycling are great ways to see the area without adding to traffic. Use public transport if you need to travel to your start point, but try exploring near to where you are staying – there are some fantastic places to see right on your doorstep!.There are more and more fully accessible routes becoming available, ensuing access for all, too. Ask your accommodation provider for details.
3. Stay Local, Eat Local …
Buy Local, See Local Support local producers and services – this way your visit has a real benefit to the communities of Cornwall. And you get to see and taste the real quality that Cornwall offers. Visit Farmers Markets, farm shops, village stores, pubs and cafes. Much of our distinctive culture is evident in the hundreds of community events that happen throughout the year and are well worth supporting – and the food and drink is simply fantastic.
4. Chill out – switch off …
Enjoy a fabulous, light touch holiday – switch off lights and dripping taps; use the voluntary laundry card scheme where you see it, so that only towels that need washing are laundered; every single effort helps protect and enhance our beautiful environment. It takes a moment and it’s all worth it!
5. When in Rome …
To enjoy Cornwall at its best, we can help you get to know all the nooks and crannies of local knowledge – like beach safety, local cultural events, and the Countryside Code which reminds visitors to protect plants and animals; take litter away; leave gates and property as you find them; keep dogs under close control; consider other people and users when visiting the countryside.