Entries by ecotourismkenya

Sustainable tourism development for Kenyan Destinations

Before the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, over-tourism was common in popular Kenyan tourism destinations. The affected destinations experience overcrowding which in turn leads to littering and a lack of observance of the park and reserve rules put in place e.g. using designated walk paths. In many cases, there is little involvement of the local […]

Promoting carbon neutrality for a better future.

Quoting United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on emphasizing carbon neutrality by 2050 via Le Monde: ‘…Second, we need to align global finance with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, the world’s blueprint for a better future. It is time to put a price on carbon; end fossil fuel subsidies and finance; stop building […]

SINGLE-USE PLASTICS AND THE TRAVEL AND TOURISM INDUSTRY

Single-use plastics (SUPs) as per the U.N.E.P definition, are also referred to as disposable plastics and include items intended to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. They are commonly used for plastic packaging and examples include grocery bags, food packaging, bottles, straws, containers, cups and cutlery, cotton buds, cigarette butts, […]

WORLD TOURISM DAY CELEBRATIONS

To mark World Tourism Day and month, GreenTour Kenya has had exciting events. This year’s theme; Tourism for Inclusive Growth, looks at initiating and progressing development in different areas through tourism. GreenTour has touched on the community aspect as well as the mental well-being aspect lightly. There has been engagement from CBTOs and a hopeful […]

EXPLORING NICHE TOURISM

There are different types of tourism. Some of the popular ones in Kenya are wildlife, beach, MICE tourism among others. Over the years, other forms of tourism have emerged. Indeed, this is great news as diversification of tourism products breaks the monotony of the usual, provides new thrilling experiences, and keeps guests engaged and coming […]

ADOPTING RESPONSIBLE TOURIST BEHAVIOUR

Domestic tourism in the country was growing steadily as indicated in the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife’s research report on domestic tourism recovery strategies. However, its growth was dampened by the Coronavirus pandemic. When inbound travel reduced, travel within the country proved to be resilient and kept the hope of things getting better in the […]

GREENTOUR KENYA’S SUSTAINABILITY TRAINING FOR TOUR GUIDES.

With the goal of replicating tourism industry sustainability best practices into the Kenyan and wider African tourism supply chain through an integrated business-led approach, GreenTour Kenya provided sustainability training for tour guides to learn and adopt responsible guiding practices. There were two online webinars for tour guides this month. The webinars were conducted in two […]

TOURISM AND DESERTIFICATION

Recently gaining popularity is tour excursions to arid and semi-arid areas, for example, Marsabit destination. Activities often included are camel riding, sunset photography, night sky gazing and desert sand drives. Sounds fun! However, imagine if everywhere became as hot, arid and dusty? Then it would not be as enjoyable. This year’s theme for desertification and […]

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IN THE TOURISM SECTOR

One of the main pillars of sustainability is environmental sustainability. It is defined as responsible interaction with the environment that uses natural resources efficiently, while avoiding depletion and destruction to allow for future use. Environmental sustainability has several values for tourism service providers. It enables management to mitigate risks as they are required to have […]