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This is a presentation I made recently to the Environmental professionals. I beleive that there is no difference between the architects and environmental professions. They both are custodians of our natural, heritage and cultural assets. Unfortunately some among both groups merely go for the money in it and I believe that the model in which architects charge fees need change. It should not be a % of the cost of the project but a payment based on how much of free resources (sunlight, wind, renewable energy etc.) are utilised in design and building and also what savings it will bring to client and to Mother nature in the long term. I continue to sing the same song no matter what government is power or who does what. Sorry I could not be with you to make a presentation , but I hope this and the other presentations i have sent links of will help establish my thinking. Renton

Text of Presentation made to Environmental Professionals of Sri Lanka

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2. Ayubowan! 3. Sustainable Tourism Options in Development for Sri Lanka: thoughts and proposalsfor ensuring social profitability and higher yields Renton de Alwis at the IEPSLAnnual Convention August 2011 4. 5. Our Charm 6. Where are we in travel and tourism

  • Uncertainty is at peak, volatility, persistent poverty & polarization of people is taking place
  • Amidst shocks, travel grows (870 million in 2010, 1.5 billion in 2020)
  • Travel & leisure: Basic human rights
  • Travel and leisure are life-style needs
  • Travel & tourism can pollute if ill-managed
  • Travel & tourism can build bridges & minimize polarization of people

7. Where are we in travel and tourism(continued)

  • Affluence grows & with it feelings of guilt and caring grows (CSR/SRC/SRI)
  • Travel & tourism itself is polarizing: Mass /Niche; Long-haul / Short-haul; comfort zones / non-comfort zones
  • UN Decade for ESD(Education for sustainable development 2005-2014)
  • Greening the globe: the fad grows
  • Media shapes minds like never before

8. Asia-Pacific Tourism Mega Trends ..

  • By 2020 China, India, Japan & Korea will be among the 10 largest economies in the world. 12 of the 22 mega cities of the world will be in Asia
  • Travel will be activity-based, not destination-based
  • By 2020 China will generate 100 million outbound tourists
  • Low-cost carriers will make tourism boom
  • Boeing 777/Airbus A380 will take air travel to the 7.4 billion mark by 2020
  • Asia will become a conventions hub

UN WTO study 9. Asia-Pacific Tourism Mega Trends ..(Continued)

  • Value of on-line travel bookings will triple in ten years
  • Service providers and tourists will both become more environment friendly
  • Consolidation of social environment and consciousness
  • Seniors and women will travel more
  • Travel Agents will transform into travel consultants
  • Safety & Health concerns will need to be dealt with effectively by National Tourism Organisations

10. High Yields Fast ROI Vulnarable 11. Travel & Tourism can be a nightmare ..

      • Dependence on theenvironment & possibility of damage
      • Socio- c ultural pollution
      • Income-distribution gap
      • Revenue leakages
      • Anti tourism lobby

12. Tourism today is a basic human right.If one has the means and time, one can opt to travel. Tourism is about peoples dreams. People dream of the places they want to visit and the events that may unfold for them. Our work therefore is not merely about selling airline seats, hotel rooms. excursions or tour coach seats. It is about fulfilling peoples beautiful dreams. That makes us, the people who work in tourism, somewhat different types of service providers We become dream sellers. RdA 13. Do we count heads orDo we count value ? 14. Need to define the offerof theExperience to the visitor &our own Vision before building facilities. 15. The sixth sense of tourism . 16. Diversity at its best . 17. Creating the Dream Experience 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. Sustainability Yield Generation Benefit to communities 68. Haritha (Green) Sri Lanka 69. 3. The nature of the tourism products & service opportunities we have ?1. The nature of the lifestyle needs of our potential customers ?Do we know enough about ... 2. The type of tourism Sri Lanka must have ? 70. Please dont call tourism names LateRobbie Collins in the early 90s 71. A few of the many namestourism is called

  • Ecotourism
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Responsible tourism
  • Nature tourism
  • Adventure Tourism
  • Cultural tourism
  • Heritage tourism
  • Village Tourism
  • Coastal tourism
  • Mountain tourism
  • Community tourism
  • People based tourism etc., etc..

72. Mass Tourism at the extreme 73. Domestic Tourism 74. Niche Tourism at the extreme 75. UniquenessOwn EthosIntegrityShared Vision 76. The New consumerTourism today is morea lifestyle activity than it is a business. 77.

  • Spirit of traveldemand:seekinginteraction with communities,
  • exploration and
  • wilderness experiences

New trends in travel and tourism 78. New trends in travel and tourism 2. Seeking inner peace and there-invention of family basedvalue systems 79. New trends in travel and tourism 3. Aging of populations 80. New trends in travel and tourism 4. Affluent youth with a global view of youthfulness 81. New trends in travel and tourism 5. Internet based marketingresponding to testimonials of peers 82. Travel ecology the how of it :

  • Discovery
  • Mutuality
  • Locality
  • Historicity
  • Potentiality
  • Enhancement

Political ecology + Cultural Ecology 83. A good tourism model Ecology Society Economics Community as Stakeholders NaturalEnvironment/ Ecology Visitors/ Tourism activity 84. T REND S RADITIONSELATIONSHIPSXPECTATIONSEEDS ESIRES OLUTIONS The Tourism Offer 85. Benefits in mainstreaming a good tourism operation

  • Livelihood for the community
  • Conservation of resources
  • A world view for the community
  • Expose to new communication technologies
  • Enhance ability for self-help and develop self-confidence
  • Develop entrepreneurial skills
  • Social and economic development of the area
  • Have good tourists visit
  • Seek appropriate national development goals

86. Think Global , Act Local 87. Innovative low impact accommodation 88. Refreshing breakthrough 89. Out of the Box / low impact 90. If you can not avoid doing damage at a destination by having large numbers of tourists, do not spread them all over that destination. Have them all within a single area and call it a resort Kenneth Chamberlain Former CEO of PATA 91. 92.

  • Protecting our uniqueness
  • Role of the Guardians
  • Refrain from compromising
  • Stringent EIA s
  • Dont fall on the traps
  • Proactive National Movement
  • for positioning SL as a Green destination

93. Ayu Bo Wewa!