"Chile has incredible potential to develop sustainable tourism policies are appropriate if"

Under the First International Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Puerto Varas, we interviewed the CEO of "Conservation and Development" Ecuadorian entity that has the support of the international conservation organization Rainforest Alliance, Mauricio Ferro Rettig, on their way through Chile as exhibitor, elaborated on the impact of the tourism industry.

More than twenty years has Ferro filed in Ecuador, where he has developed his career as an expert in sustainability, both in agriculture and tourism, supporting the creation of global standards.

For Ferro, tourism generates several impacts on a destination, economic, social or environmental, explaining that the big challenge is to how to avoid or minimize adverse impacts and maximize the good practices in tourism.

Under the First International Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Puerto Varas, we interviewed the CEO of "Conservation and Development" Ecuadorian entity that has the support of the international conservation organization Rainforest Alliance, Mauricio Ferro Rettig, on their way through Chile exhibitor, elaborated on the impact of the tourism industry.

More than twenty years has Ferro filed in Ecuador, where he has developed his career as an expert in sustainability, both in agriculture and tourism, supporting the creation of global standards.

For Ferro, tourism generates several impacts on a destination, economic, social or environmental, explaining that the big challenge is to how to avoid or minimize adverse impacts and maximize the good practices in tourism.

As a tourist destination, "Chile has incredible potential for developing sustainable tourism, provided that there are appropriate policies.

- What decisions should take Chile to develop a sustainable tourism?

It would be interesting that tourism in the country take a real approach to sustainability, which is necessary to protect the natural resources that exist, either for conservation or use of sustainable tourism. This so that the territory does not become a short time in a mining company or a coal plant, because if so never recover the place.

You need to add value to resources and zonation for tourist use, empower people and encourage sustainability, give facilities to the entrepreneurs to set up small and medium enterprises and entering the certification process quality, generating a positive impact on the ecosystem.

- What are the positive impacts that could generate tourism as an economic activity for a destination?

Could generate foreign exchange for services, contributions of money to the state and municipalities for taxes. As also generate private investment and hence employment, improving quality of life from an economic standpoint.

- What are the negative impacts?

Inflation may occur in the local economy in products and services. Moreover, the funds generated by tourism are not always reinvested in place, and the lower-level jobs are usually made by local people.

- How can implement sustainable practices in tourism?

Can be implemented by defining the carrying capacity in natural areas, educating and informing tourists, visitors or users of the impacts that may themselves cause to visit a destination. Besides using strictly clean technologies; implementing the management and control of waste, among other practices.

Following these sustainable practices as possible Ferro would prevent further deforesting more than 20 million hectares per year worldwide, resulting in the loss of biodiversity, scenic resources, water and tourism.

He added that sustainable tourism should also reduce poverty and economic differences, which can be achieved through a more participatory tourism, professional and clean.

Last modified on Friday, 14 March 2014 19:23

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