ALLIANCE FOR RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

Responsible tourism means a commitment to sustaining the economic, social, and environmental integrity of host communities. It requires the participation of many stakeholders, including governments, businesses, organizations, and individuals.

Responsible Tourism:

  • Generates maximum economic benefits for local residents and enhances the well-being of host communities and their tourism-related enterprises
  • Recruits and employs staff following International Labor Standards and the standards of the 2006 Maritime Labor Convention
  • Ensures that tourism enterprises do not hurt other host industries
  • Involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and opportunities
  • Contributes to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage
  • Provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through meaningful connections with local people and a greater appreciation of local issues
  • Is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence
  • Minimizes negative environmental impact
  • Considers the volume and type of tourism that the host community and the environment can support
  • Respects the integrity of vulnerable ecosystems and protected areas
  • Ensures that best practices are followed, with consultation from environmental and conservation experts
  • Uses resources sustainably and reduces waste and over-consumption

Rockland is not alone in facing the challenges posed by large cruise ships. A three-part investigative series by the Portland Press Herald examined the ways that other Maine communities are regulating visits by large cruise ships, the economic factors that cities and towns must consider, and the environmental impact that cruise ships have on fragile environments like Maine.

Cruise ships threaten Rockland’s growth.

SOME FACTS THAT MAY SURPRISE YOU

  • Cruise ship passengers spend one-fifth of what other tourists spend in a day.
  • Mega-cruise ships are hotels and restaurants on the water: direct competitors to local businesses. 
  • Cruise ships harm fisherman’s gear and crowd fishing areas.  
  • Cruise ship visitors support mostly low-paying, seasonal employment, as host towns transform  to trinket and t-shirt villages.
  • Pleasure crafts, tourists, and locals avoid the cruise ship crowds and buses. 
  • Cruise ships dump sewage at sea, sulfur oxides in the air, and have a massive carbon footprint.
  • Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor, and Tremont passed cruise ship moratoriums. 

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE EFFECT HUGE CRUISE SHIPS COULD HAVE ON OUR SMALL CITY, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CITY COUNCILOR AND MAKE SURE THEY HEAR YOUR VIEWPOINT! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT ROCKLAND’S CITY COUNCILORS.

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