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Wish you were here?


“I can’t wait to travel!” This is what I heard the most recently. Because of COVID-19, people are forced to stop travelling as well as hanging out with friends. As there are nearly half of Hong Kong people are travel addicts, they feel upset about quarantine. It can be predicted that once the virus is over, people probably will plan travel immediate. When everything resumes normal, I highly recommend people to try an ecotourism experience.

Ecotourism can be explained as “responsible tourism” and aims to sustain natural environments, to appreciate nature and promote conservation. People planning an eco-vacation can anticipate not only visiting beautiful landscapes but also being educated on the role of protecting biologically diverse areas and supporting local cultures and economies. We have shortlisted five of our favourite green destinations to help you travel better.


Krabi, Thailand

Many resorts in Krabi are closely related to sustainable development and try their best to maintain the environment during their operations. In addition to reducing waste and recycling, activities such as cleaning beaches and coral reefs will be carried out regularly. To get closer to nature, you can join a local guided tour to Khao Nor Juji Nature Reserve (Khao Nor Juji) to see the unique landscape of Emerald Pool.

Krabi has also championed its campaign for ‘no single-use plastic, no foam containers’ for over a year. For example, at Krabi Naga Fest where vendors opted against single-use plastics while using solar energy or biodiesel fuels for electrical generation.


Morocco

Morocco offers up a vast variety of landscapes, ranging from beaches to mountains to desert to urban jungle. 13 Moroccan beaches have been awarded the Pavillon Bleu distinction. It is also a country where this diversity is matched by a real commitment to environmental principles.

Since the creation of the Moroccan Responsible Tourism Charter and the Moroccan Sustainable Tourism Awards, the country has been committed to ensuring its tourism industry is eco-friendly and sustainable with a series of standards. Each year, a growing number of businesses and tourist destinations in the country are recognized for their environmental responsibilities. Many hotel and lodging facilities throughout the country have earned the Green Key. All these eco-labels aim to highlight the environmental efforts of their owners.


Maldives

The Maldivian government tourism policy is committed to maintaining the country’s very fragile ecosystem. For an example, when building a new resort, its construction area can only occupy 20% of the available land on the island, lest the natural environment on the island be affected by development. In addition, every time an island is developed, another island must be designated as a conservation area to avoid over development. The resort must also be responsible for the supply of water and electricity within the property itself, so the resort strives to develop a highly efficient and sustainable system.


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