Ecotourism is on the rise and while there is still room for improvement, it’s growing three times faster than the tourism industry as a whole, according to The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), ecotourism. That means that more and more travelers are putting their foot down about not leaving their footprint when they travel.
One of the areas at the forefront of the ecotourism movement is the Out Islands of The Bahamas. A place where globally responsible eco tourism is encouraged and many eco friendly hotels and resorts have begun to spring up, offering a green vacation without sacrificing the luxury.
Whether it’s eco tours or eco accommodations the Out islands of The Bahamas has a myriad of choices to tour and be green. Small Hope Bay Lodge on Andros Island and Fernandez Bay Village on Cat Island offer eco tours. Other islands are replacing light bulbs with more energy efficient ones or installing solar power systems.
Powell Pointe Resort at Cape Eleuthera in South Eleuthera, Bahamas, has installed solar applications for laundry, guest showers and hot water tanks for restaurants. The hotel also uses solar power for fresh water pumps at all their 100 water wells and for their wash down and fish cleaning stations. Resorts like Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort has replaced boardwalk and tree lights with solar-powered lights and encourages boaters to use their holding tank and not discharge in their waters. The resort also offers free garbage pickup and recycling of all beer bottles.
Other resorts have started towel and linen reuse programs, recycling of paper products and even have eco training programs for employees. Some go so far as to ask their guests to buy carbon credits on their website to offset the carbon produced by traveling to the location.
In ways big and small hotels in the Out Islands of the Bahamas are promoting the true spirit of ecotourism. See what all the effort is about by visiting The Islands of the Bahamas website.