SOUTH PACIFIC CRUISING “UNSUSTAINABLE”

South Pacific cruising “unsustainable”

Carnival Australia has emphasised its commitment to developing sustainable tourism in the South Pacific, branding the traditional cruise model of sailing in and out of the region as “unsustainable”.

In a presentation to the Pacific Leaders’ Forum, Carnival chief executive Ann Sherry forecast that the current cruising boom would see 120 cruises carrying 195,000 passengers to the region in 2013 alone.

“With growth of this magnitude, it is essential that we work cooperatively to connect cruising and economic opportunity for island communities,” she said.

“The traditional business model of sailing to the region with thousands of passengers and then simply taking them home again is unsustainable in the long term.”

Sherry welcomed initiatives such as the Aneityum community’s shore tours venture in the south of Vanuatu where a 40-seat tender boat, part funded by Carnival, ferries cruise ship passengers from Mystery Island.

The venture could become a business model for other South Pacific island communities, according to Sherry.

Source / Fuente:  www.travelweekly.com.au  

Author / Autor: Anne Majumdar 

Date / Fecha: 06/09/11

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