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Trouble in Paradise?

September 25, 2019

September 25, 2019

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Trouble in Paradise?

There’s been a backlash against the 7.6 trillion dollar tourism industry.

There’s been a backlash against the 7.6 trillion dollar tourism industry.

The economy is inextricably linked to the health of the environment, and this is particularly pervasive within the tourism industry. If tourist hot spots are environmentally mismanaged, it ends in the degradation of ecosystems, community resentment, and hordes of disappointed tourists.

While many countries rely on tourist dollars, the impacts of tourism on communities and environments often becomes negative. It’s important to ensure tourist-based economies can continue to reap the benefits of visitors in the future.

Tourism and sustainability don’t have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, it’s better for people, the planet, and the economy for them to work in symbiosis.

 

Sustainable tourism can be achieved by incorporating eco-design into new tourist development projects.

Eco-design aims to minimise the impact that buildings have on the health of the environment, society, and the economy.

 

There are 10 key ways to ensure a building meets eco-design requirements.

These objectives encompass building with reusable and repurposed materials. They aim to minimise energy and water use and limit impacts on local ecosystems. They also consider human factors like walkability, proximity to transport, economic sustainability, and even health and wellness.

Lombok Property Group (LPG) is a leader in developing more sustainable tourism sites on the island of Lombok in Indonesia. LPG’s aim is to prepare Lombok for an influx of tourism as the third-fastest tourism growth spot in the Asia Pacific.

By developing on Lombok with sustainability in mind, LPG also aims to lessen the environmental impact that the current 5.9 million annual tourists have on Indonesia’s tourist hotspot.

LPG’s projects echo the same sustainability standards of the eco-friendliest buildings in the world, including The Crystal in London, the Pixel Building in Melbourne, and the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Singapore.

 

LPG projects prioritise the three P’s of sustainable design: planet, people, and pocketbook.

Planet

LPG’s sustainable accommodation projects limit the impact of the developments on the local ecosystems of Lombok.

The buildings are also to feature rainwater catchments, solar grids, and Zero Mass water solutions. These systems capture water vapour from the air and turn it into drinkable water, purified by sunlight.

The gardens and grounds follow the principles of permaculture. They are designed to actively improve soil quality, control erosion, and preserve the unique flora and fauna of the area, whilst the accommodation sites have a farm-to-table philosophy that minimises food miles. They grow their own seasonal vegetables right next to the restaurant where they’re served.

 

People

In order to create truly sustainable tourism, it’s vital that the local community is engaged in the development process. LPG responsibly sources all its workers from the local labour pools on Lombok. They also provide educational and residential facilities for their sites’ workforce.

 

Pocketbook

These days, travellers are hyper-conscious of their impact on the places they visit, meaning it is no wonder that eco-tourism is now worth $300 billion and growing.

It is within the tourism industry’s best economic interests to embrace sustainable business practices that support communities and ecosystems. As LPG’s sustainable building projects come to fruition and continue to support the local community of Lombok, long term sustainable economic benefits will continue to roll in.

 

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*Reach Markets have been engaged by LPG to assist with private investor management. Lombok Property Group has recently launched a brand new website detailing development updates and more information for its unique SIWA Cliffs project. You can see more at https://www.siwacliffs.com/


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