SUSTAINABILITY AWARENESS & RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
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This page covers the topic of  sustainability and tourism, containing some basic information both for visitors and hosts, but firstly few details for you to help you have a really nice holiday.
Sensational travel offers, all-inclusive packages and cheap flights can picture even the least atractive destination as endlessly romantic and relaxing paradise on Earth and lure potential tourists. If not well checked out, these holidays can turn into nightmare. You can end up in a poor hotel, remote from places of interest and entertainment, get poor nourishment, spend ten times on top for services at 'perfect' destination, suffer from a jet-legg half of your holiday time etc. For these reasons and other that we will point out for you, it is important that you do not travel "on blind", specially if travelling with family and young children on one of your major yearly family holidays. Pay attention to transport, accommodation and activities, because these are key factors to your successful holiday.
 

Responsible tourism

It exists a whole another way to travel whose characteristic is the consciousness: of the traveler and of his actual actions, from the to buy ( a cards, a gift, a room to sleep); to the reality of the countries of destination (social, cultural, economical, environmental). It gives the possibility of a thought-out choice and therefore
different effects. Responsible Tourism is to travel ethical and be aware of destination, the people, the nature and behave with respect.  A travel than chooses not to add to destruction and exploitation, but is done through universal good-will values: equity, sustainability and tolerance. 
 

TOURISTS
You should especially take into consideration environmental cultural and economic issues when travelling / holidaying abroad. Big holiday resorts on exotic dead cheap destinations usually do not add to local communities but take away from them. Be honest about that.Still, You should enjoy your holidays wherever you go, but try to use as much local products as possible and thus support local income generating; from local accommodations in preference to foreign owned hotel chains and/ or property rentals to local restaurants, locally owned shops and restaurants, local guide services and transport... Even when it means giving up some of your comforts or perhapps just false expectations ( thanks to false realities produced by invasive travel advertising').
 


 

Responsible tourist, Highlits for a succesful holiday:

- Plann your budget before departure. Beware of hidden expenses like additional taxes that can amount for a third.
Don't save on yourself but do not go in depth either. 
- Carefully choose your holiday company to avoid hussle and romp. 
- Read the small print in the offers to avoid unexpected 'surprises'' like your hotel doors close at 22 or rooms without bedding.
- Be realistic about lenght of time needed for travel. If you travel by car, visit auto-mechanic.
- Avoid night-flights with babies and small children.
- Check with your doctor, stock some basic medicine to take with and take vacinations if necessary.
- Take as little luggage as possible. A must are comfortable shoes, underwear and clothes that fit the weather at the destination.

Best piece of travel advice 
Important thing is not to get stressed out, so if the flight is late, beach packed or the ferry waiting time long, try to embrace such things as part of the holiday.
 

- Most important: Your holiday destination is someone else's home.
- If you really want your experience to be 'same as being at home' do not waste money on travelling
- do not behave abroad worse then at home, also be open to new experiences
- Avoid guilt trips and have a better holiday; book a holiday with locally owned / managed accommodation,  this benefit local families, Think before you fly - flights  contribute to global warming and environmental destruction
- take into account cultural differences
- respect wildlife, flowers and nature
- take care of your rubbish, expecially on remote locations and at sea, particular plead is directed to boaters!
- use water  thoughtfully
- reduce energy waste on excess laundry, lights, appliances and transport
- buy locally produced organic food and drink whenever possible
- consider the people and their cultures and traditions
- local hospitality is not about taking advantage of your hosts
- respect the countryside, paths, buildings, monuments
- people are not monuments, so do not treat them so; ask permission before you take someone's photo, respect people's privacy
- find genuine, locally made souvenirs, avoid animal shells or skins
- use public transport whenever you can, walk more and get fitter on holiday
- keep your music low and personal - and try not to disturb others with your mobile phones
- use local guides and accommodation where possible
- unannounced loud partying after midnight in residential areas is most often not welcomed ( see common domestic house rules).
- give feedback!
And finally don't forget to Enjoy your memories!

Useful reading - Travellers afflictions of the mind: QUATES & HUMOR

Kristofor RTPC 

On our pages and affiliated sites travellers are provided with accurate pre-trip information ( from traveling information, to social/ political situation, environmental issues ..) We provide variouse informations about local produce, manufacturers and services (e.g. restaurants, guides, shops, craft markets) and advocate their prosperity because they provide local community benefits. Our company policy is to employ local people as much / wherever possible. Our accommodation rentals belong to local families ( not tourist chains, not to non domestic seasonal holiday rental owners). We ensure that a local guide accompanies all our organised group visits / sightseeings. We support waste management practice (reduce-reuse-recycle),  reduced water usage at the destination and responsible environment management. We are aware of the fragile balance and interaction of natural environent & culture. Kristofor as an island based local incoming agency and us being islanders, we are looking to balance our business with sustainability. We strongly support local families, work mostly with them and those island newcomers who we judge are not simple selfish holiday home owners... We also research tourism industry as a whole and have so far come to some very interesting results

At the beginning of the 3rd Millenium travel industry has grown to have significant impact on the health of the Planet and its inhabitants. Namely, Tourism has become major industry that shapes environment. True that it provides income, but the type and the scale of tourism should be appropriate to local conditions, operate within the limits set by local infrastructure and carrying capacity and should involve the positive cultural exchanges and the financial means to sustain the natural environment and culture.

We are strongheartedly for Responsible tourism. It is namely clear that all involved in Travel industry, from proffessionals in the branch, to the local policymakers and to you as an individual traveller, have a role in Responsible Tourism. Tourism should be support to local communities, not producing devastating for people and specially environment. However, this is true for any business today. 

The thought of the day:

"Modern way of life, specially travelling and tourism industry with the media, migrate cultures. Modern man changes homeland for the world, but he will never find peace until he comes into harmony with the place where he lives. Achieving Satisfactory environment is about overcoming disbalance of designed versus chaotic / natural growth.
Letting go of creative design can often give rewards far greater than had we put our mind to designing something. The big issue for the man of the future would be how to encourage this liberation from its own design terror." 
- Kristina Maskarin, Kristofor travel

What about Rab?

Although air travel contributes to global warming and environmental destruction, for english speaking visitors this might be the only way to visit. Rab is not as exotic as you might have imagined, here we are not quite west and not east either. This somehow might feel just a 'recent back in time' travel, yet with most of commodities of modern world.  Here just as on many other places in the world there are positive initiatives and some negative trends regarding tourism and impacts through intensive tourism development in last 50 years or so. We have problems with inadequate communal infrastructure during the summer peak, so tourists and locals experience traffic jamms, but we also still have great island landscapes and beaches. Tourism is developed and many people and NGO's are involved in variouse activities attempting to further improve life on the island. Let us mention just a few:
- Association for Promoting Quality of Life "Komin" with their  "RAB OLIVE DAYS" in October and other events)
- Eco Youth Association ŤEko umť & Paintball club Rab organising adventure events
- rural household TOPOLINO
- sheep & goat breeders association "Skraparica" and "Lopar" with Rab cheese promotion, fishing association Dolin, diving association Amfora
- cultural groups: Firemans' Brass band Rab, "Rapski Tanac" folklore association, Klapa singing groups (Eufemia, Rab, Sozal, Kristofor ...)
- some private initiatives:  NATURA- Rab with their honey- bee products, then in gastronomy: confectionery "Vilma" with traditional Rab cake, few restaurants with traditional cuisine..


 

Just how important this thema is, shows the fact that we already have a group of guests who come often to the island who grounded " Rab Friends" Association.

GEO- PARK RAB

Natural heritage of the island of Rab is exceptional. Along with the flora and fauna  a special place occupy geological and geomorphological heritage on the island.
Based on several geological, hydrogeological and detailed sedimenthological research performed on the island of Rab, the project "Geopark Rab Island." was designed.

The project is designed as continuous activity for the purpose of reviving out of the summer months tourism, increasing orientation on an active vacation, and the protection and preservation of significant natural heritage sites on the island of Rab.

The project is under the full title of the European Geoparks Network in the framework of European initiatives "Transnational Cooperation Project - Development of Geotourism in Europe".

The basic objectives of the project are:
- evaluation and categorization of the geological heritage as one of the subjects of sustainable development of islands
- year long revival of tourism
- routing on an active vacation with amenities designed for all ages
- Development GEOTURISM as separate branch of the tourism
- connect to multidisciplinary subjects through geoturism
- socio-economic progress and development of the island
- establishment of an international educational center

The area includes 93,6 km2, and two small islands – Grgur and Goli.

By 2008 two geotrails were established with 25 geostops marked by explanation plates in four languages. More on the educational trails and Premuzic trekking paths can be found at the TIC centre or in our agency here.
 

Fruga Geo Park Island Rab CroatiaPhoto: T. Schrader www.archinfo.de
 


  INTERESTING WEBSITES on the Thema Ecology & Awareness:

- - Krok Opera: Cimer Fraj
- some music: Franci Blaskovic

URBAN ISLAND
- Rab, just as many other places in the world has its positive initiatives and some negative trends regarding this subject. These pages are intended for those interested in environment and culture, antrophology studies and students of tourism.

PROGEO - The European Association for the preservation of Geological Heritage  - Rab Geopark project - gallery http://www.geocities.com/progeo_croatia/web-galery-rab/index.htm

Relevant papers and websites:
- Ecotourism - hope and reality
- Trust between Culture: The Tourist - .pdf
- Being a Tourist/ chapter1.pdf
- Crowded shores
- http://www.europeangreens.org/
- Energy efficiant Europe
- http://www.newurbannews.com/
- Compact towns and cities - Earth Ministry
- Mediterranean Tourism: Impacts and Policy Responses.pdf
- International Cultural Studies: Tourism, heritage and globalization, Daniela Jelincic (Zagreb)
- Development and consequences of tourism
- PERMACULTURE
- COASTAL GUIDELINES

Interested in the subject? Other Websites:

http://www.world-tourism.org/code_ethics/eng.html
-- WTO Global code of Ethics for Tourism

http://www.responsible-travel.org
-- Responsible travel organisation

http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/tourism.htm
--UN sustainable tourism Agenda 21

http://www.uneptie.org/pc/tourism/sust-tourism/home.htm
-- UNEP sustainable tourism

http://www.eftafairtrade.org
-- Europe Fair Trade

http://www.biodiv.org
--Convention on Biodiversity

http://www.ceeweb.org/
--The Central and East European Working Group for the Enhancement of Biodiversity (CEEWEB)

http://www.culturesontheedge.com/
-- cultural diversity

http://www.blueflag.org/
-- Blue falg campaign; eco-label for beaches and marinas in  Europe

http://www.wttc.org/
-- world travel and tourism council

http://www.insula.org/tourism/index.html
-- international scientific council for island development

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/sustainable/index.html
-- National geographic magazine

http://www.ips-dc.org/ecotourism/index.htm
--Institute for Policy studies



ECOLOGY & PRESERVATION
Links to croatian sites:

http://zg.biol.pmf.hr/~bius/more/vrste.html
- list of protected sea spieces in Croatia

http://www.blue-world.org/
Adriatic Dolphin Project

http://www.caput-insulae.com/
Eco-Centre Caput Insulae–Beli - griffon protection programme

http://www.vukovi.hr/gl_vuk/vuk.html
wolf protection site - only in croatian for now

http://www.dalmacija.net/komiza/smedvjedica.htm
The Mediterranean Monk Seal SOS


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