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Is Your Caribbean Yacht Charter Destination Sustainable?

Q:  "Our family is considering a Virgin Islands yacht charter vacation this winter.  We are interested in "Green"  travel opportunities and seeing destinations that focus on environmental sustainability.  How can we analyze a destination's commitment to sustainable tourism?"   

A:  The yachting industry continues to make great strides in it's commitment to sustainability: from green initiatives to reduce plastic water bottle waste, to mega yacht charter vessels offering carbon offsets

 
But the industry's efforts are only half of the equation.  The destinations and their commitment to their residents' well-being and the protection of the environment are crucial for long term sustainability.

Green yacht charters - sustainable tourism council keeps destinations environmentally sound

 
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) serves as the international body for fostering increased knowledge and understanding of sustainable tourism practices.  When planning a sustainable vacation, the GSTC suggests these criteria:
 
â–ºTourism management strategy – Does the destination show that they care and implement strategies for its local economy, environment (including climate change) and social/cultural factors?

â–ºLocal community benefits and economic opportunity – Does the destination track and report its local economic contributions; provide equal employment and training opportunities and extend opportunities to those who live in poverty?

â–ºVisitor management policies – Does the destination have policies designed to conserve key attractions and landscapes?  Do visitors receive direction so as to not destroy of natural and cultural assets?

You mentioned the possibility of a yachting vacation in the Virgin Islands.  Based on the criteria stated above, we would suggest contacting the official tourism offices for both the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands, and pose the GSTC questions to them.  Hopefully, their answers will demonstrate a commitment to green and sustainable tourism in the islands…
 
Smooth sailing!

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For more information on a luxury sailing charter in the Caribbean, contact SailAway Yacht Charters at http://www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html   
 
 

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