In this second article in the special series ‘Post-war Economy: 5 Years On’, Kanchana Wickramasinghe writes that the boom in tourism and the expansion of the hotel sector in post-war Sri Lanka must not be at the cost of the environment. She is completing a new study that seeks to understand what pushes hotels to adopt better environmental management practices.
Tucked away amidst a tea plantation and bordering the Deniyaya side of the Sinharaja Rainforest is a unique ecotourism venture that could hold valuable lessons on the future of forest-based ecotourism in Sri Lanka. Ecotourism based on natural forests has been receiving much attention recently and, in Sri Lanka, natural forests like Sinharaja are a key tourist attraction. Ecotourism, when planned and implemented based on its sustainable principles, can generate a number of economic and non-economic benefits. So what is Sri Lanka’s status in terms of forest-based ecotourism and how can we maximize the benefits that ecotourism can offer?
In this feature article marking World Tourism Day (27 September), Kanchana Wickramasinghe argues that the hotel sector must pays more attention to the importance of water conservation. She reveals that water consumption, per guest, in a hotel can be around three times that of the average consumption of a person staying at home. In this scenario, the relationship between the tourism industry and water resources becomes a key area of concern for sustainable tourism development. Sri Lanka has witnessed a significant growth in the arrival of tourists from all around the world, with more investments taking place in the hotel sector to cater to this demand. Consequently, the demand for water resources has also increased in this process.
Marking World Tourism Day 2012, Kanchana Wickramasinghe discusses a pioneering new study that attempts to measure the impact on the environment of Sri Lanka’s booming tourist hotel sector.
UNEP (2008) defines the concept of green jobs as encompassing two basic elements. The first involves, “averting dangerous and potentially unmanageable climate change and protecting the natural environment which supports life on earth.” The second element focuses on “providing decent …