Sustainable development embraces the triple bottom line of environmental conservation, social responsibility, and economic profitability. It is, therefore, essential to address environmental, socio-cultural and economic impacts as part of the holistic approach to sustainable tourism.
When thinking about what kinds of impacts relate to our specific business activities, we consider the following:
- Environmental impacts: This category encompasses a large portion of our sustainability efforts. It relates to operational impacts on land, air, water, and other organisms. Recycling waste, controlling water usage, minimizing greenhouse gases, and protecting natural ecosystems are all measures that play a role in global environmental processes. Indeed, loss of biodiversity, global warming and climate change, as well as water quality and scarcity are all problems that have a worldwide scope. Just to mentioned a couple of specific activities EcoColors separates and recycles garbage in our office and trips. We also contribute actively in research projects whale sharks, coral reefs in Puerto Morelos, we also participate with Marine recreation providers on the adoption of voluntary standards that help the reef.
- Socio-cultural impacts: Socio-cultural impacts are those affect local communities’ social structures and culture. One of the benefits of tourism is the promotion of tolerance and acceptance of different cultures through education and direct experience. This can support a diverse “global community” and not a world of monoculture. As a tourism provider, it is important to help local and indigenous people maintain their cultural integrity in the face of vast economic promises. In the long run, this benefits both business and the community. Maintaining the cultural integrity of local community will also minimize resentment from people who are negatively affected by tourism. This resentment can be directed at your clients, thus earning the destination a bad reputation, and threatening the chances of further economic development for the region. EcoColors specifically works with many Mayan communities establishing business relationships with fair deals where both groups achieve win win situations. Some examples are the community of Siankaan, community of Ek Balam, community of Jose Maria Morelos, community of Nuevo Durango, community of Kantemoh, and many more comunities. In recent years we have connected incentive groups wanting to benefit local communities to develop productive projects that have benefit Mayan communities quality of life and economic income.
- Economic impacts: The economic impacts of tourism are usually broken up into three categories: direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts. Direct impacts include monetary transactions from operations during tourist visitation. This involves impacts on tourism businesses themselves. For example, if more tourists overnight in hotels, then the hotels where they stay will receive a direct monetary benefit. This category also includes any amount paid out including wages, taxes, supplies and services. Indirect impacts are changes in sales, income, or employment within the region of industries that supply products and services to the tourism industry. For example, increased sales in linen supply firms resulting from more hotel sales are an indirect impact of visitor spending. Induced impacts are changes in economic activity resulting from household spending of income earned directly or indirectly from the tourism industry. For example, hotel and linen supply employees spend their income in the local region for housing, food, transportation, and household products and needs. The sales, income, and jobs that result from household spending of increased wage or salary are included in this category.Leakage is another economic impact to be concerned about. It is an entirely negative impact. When a tourism business buys supplies or services from outside the region, the money spent is providing no indirect impact to the region, and thus that money is leaking out of the local economy. To be economically sustainable, a tourism business must minimize their leakage as much as possible. EcoColors specifically destinates part of the money to benefit conservation with local NGO´s as Amigos de Siankaan, Centro Ecologico Akumal.
EcoColors SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL
EcoColors is actively working to ensure the preservation of our destination and culture for future generations. This equates to more attractive environments and better products.
We are currently working with different NGO´s such as the Mexican Association of Adventure travel and ecoturism, World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Travel Foundation, Amigos de Siankaan, The Coral Reef Alliance and many more in unique training programs on ecotourism, development of best practices, code of ethics and many important actions to achieve or get closer to a sustainable tourism practice. More information is available on each company standards.