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Attracting 'Green' Tourists to Your Garden
Sarah Kneebone (BGCI UK)
As global awareness of ‘green’ issues, such as sustainability, grows, so do demands by the public for holidays and excursions that adhere to the principles of sustainable development and environmental tourism. Consider the following statistics:
Botanic gardens are uniquely placed to offer the kind of experiences that more ‘environmentally aware’ visitors desire. The question is, how can gardens attract them? For ideas and inspiration take a look at the following table which identifies a range of success factors for the implementation of a sustainable tourism policy, based on research carried out on sustainable tourism in National Parks in the U.K. Download table in PDF
Finally - To keep in mind if your sustainability programme is to bear fruit
(Adapted from ‘Learn about the Issues’ Georgia Nature-Based Tourism Association)
Tourists are an important element of visitors for botanic gardens. The potential for all botanic garden to become visitor destinations is huge. We welcome your views and thoughts on this and in particular how you see the implementation of sustainable tourism in your garden.
* Georgia Nature-Based Tourism Association http://www.georgianature.org/issues/
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