Concept of sustainable tourism

2016-06-02 06:00

IN an article by Justin Mackrory (“When a town lost its tourism,” 5 May), he writes about a seaside town in England.

It’s sad that the town had to mainly depend on an annual festival to keep its tourism profile and economy intact. I have heard about a popular tourist town, which started struggling, because local and tourism authorities weren’t providing adequate services.

Neither were vagrancy, prostitution, rowdiness and the like controlled. Authorities agreed upon the town hosting an annual festival, to boost the economy. Though authorities slightly improved services during the festival, they still didn’t manage to provide adequate services throughout the year.

Festival visitors who decided to also visit for a holiday, weren’t impressed. During the festival, authorities and organisers disregarded the needs of the usual holidaymakers. They ignored the fact that the town’s setup wasn’t ideal for the festival. Public spaces, streets and parking areas usually frequented by locals and holidaymakers, were given to festival organisers.

The social environment, scenic views, and attractions were compromised. Some festival visitors drank alcohol excessively, and while being intoxicated, operated festival machinery. Their rowdiness and noise disturbed holidaymakers until long after midnight. Following suit, local youngsters also misbehaved. Authorities didn’t do much to control the festival lawlessness. Organisers only cared about their own pockets, and every year efforts decreased. More and more visitors became unhappy with the dwindling festival.

Locals and visitors constructively voiced their concerns to authorities, but only the partial opinions of those who made stacks of money due to the festival, mattered. Eventually they had no choice, but to voice their concerns via social media. Realising taps were running dry, sponsors and organisers moved the festival to another foolish host. The town was left tainted, used and abused. By then, holidaymakers were going elsewhere. Local authorities realised they have to better their services, and they also took proactive measures against lawlessness. They appointed new tourism authorities, which fully understood and applied the concept of sustainable tourism. After a while tourists returned.

Happy Chappy

It’s sad that the town had to mainly depend on an annual festival to keep its tourism profile and economy intact. I have heard about a popular tourist town, which started struggling, because
local and tourism authorities weren’t providing
adequate services

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