What do we mean by 'Slow Travel' New Zealand?
After the onset of Covid-19, international travel will be different. Throughout the globe, the ‘old ways’ of tourism have had a negative impact on nature and social structures. We now have a great opportunity to change and reset.
The ‘new world’ of tourism will introduce a more in-depth and meaningful way to travel. Many years ago, international travellers focused more on learning and experiencing new cultures, ideas and foods.
The old & new ways of tourism
We believe many travellers are wanting a road less travelled, with greater personal space, to have a deeper connection to nature and to meet interesting people.
GUEST is a great fan of ‘SlowW Travel’. So what does this actually mean?
Often we don’t recognize how damaging travelling can be. Let’s check out two video clips by Doug Lansky, who clearly illustrates some key facts:
The OLD way of travelling
- Linear (meaning more visitors = more money). View video clip (18 min).
- Locations are overrun, social issue are escalating, visitor experiences diminished.
The NEW way of travelling – Slow Eco Travel in New Zealand
- Non-linear. Balanced with the right time, uncrowded locations and low volumes. View video clip (14 min).
- Better life quality for Locals, lower Cultural impact, kinder to Nature, enhanced visitor experiences.
Future Goals and Objectives
What should be done to achieve a more sustainable tourism?
- Visitor numbers must be matched to the facilities that are available.
- Reduce excessive travelling by staying longer at each location.
- Aim for carbon-reduced and sustainable travel – lower the impact on nature.
- Work with local travel experts to achieve a balanced travel itinerary.
How GUEST supports ‘SLOW Travel’?
- By focusing on a maximum number of 5 x travel files for each travel month.
- Reducing the number of locations that visitors actually travel to.
- Stay longer (at least 3 nights) at each location with less environmental impact.
- Support the use of electric or hybrid transport wherever possible.
- Less tourism hot spots. Enable our visitors to experience less populated locations.
- Supporting planting native New Zealand tree – sample TreesThatCount.co.nz.
- Give travellers the chance to offset their international flights to NZ at own cost.
Sustainable Travel means for GUEST…
- Plant one native NZ tree per travel day with a min. 10 x trees per guest file.
- To encourage guests using sustainable transport such as trains and e-cars.
- Offer alternative local transfers by local driver-guides or even using bikes.
- Book accommodation & tours with the highest sustainability standards.
- Supporting local conservation & nature projects. Note, we love birds too!
Summary on Slow Eco Travel in New Zealand
- Protect our local New Zealand environment and culture. √
- Elevate visitor experiences while travelling New Zealand. √
- Reduce carbon emissions and off-set by payment to NZ. √