The trend to go green in travel has cropped up in various ways that are going to affect travellers.The Bermuda government has taken steps in protecting the environment by outlawing car rentals. Other countries are looking at protecting areas of natural beauty and attractions such as those accredited with the UNESCO Nature Heritage status.
It´s a tricky balance for governments. How to protect their environments but not have a negative impact on potential visitor numbers and damaging tourism revenue.
The private sector is also bringing forward green initiatives:
In the airline world, Virgin airline is currently conducting environmental test trials with BAA to cut emissions through the use of starting grids. These grids are intended to cut emissions by limiting the fuel used before take off, as a plane’s engine is only started once it has been towed to the grid.
Another European carrier, easyJet, is taking a more bullish position, arguing that many of Europe’s leading low-cost carriers use newer and more environmentally-friendly aircraft, and fly more efficiently than legacy carriers with higher load factors. Nonetheless, we can always improve"?¦
Good to see the travel world looking at alternatives