(one potential tourist's exploration of Alberta Canada's tourism industry)
Introduction: One Cold Tourist
I personally, have never been to Canada, however, over
time, my interest in visiting has been kindled and so I research and research
some more. I recognize that being a tourist (which is what I would be), if
taken seriously, requires more than booking a plane ticket, hotel reservation,
and enjoying a cocktail on a deck. Being a tourist, to me, is about learning,
understanding, and becoming familiar with all a local has to offer, and what
tourism “issues” exist in the said location. In this case Alberta Canada.
Alberta Canada has many
opportunities for the visiting tourist to take advantage of with summer
activities ranging from fly fishing, city festivals, hiking, camping, boating,
gorgeous scenic highways, and even equestrian riding. While in the winter, a
season for which the region truly excels, with its wealth in natural beauty,
one can: of course ski and snow board, go dog sledding, snow shoeing, ice skate
on a natural body of water, ice fish, and hey even go sledding. While at any
time of the year, in Alberta, one can take advantage of great shopping, stay at
top notch resorts, watch and see native wild life, and experience the unique
cultures of aboriginal communities native to the region.
However, with all of these
opportunities there exists, also, issues to be educated about. Tourism, as an
industry, has the potential to do great good and great harm. It can be a mixed
blessing, providing good in the spectrums of the economic, social and
environmental. While, also, creating less than favorable outcomes in the same
spectrums. As a tourist, on has the choice to ignorantly reinforce the
negatives or to support and contribute to the positives.
As an example in the social and
environmental spectrum, what if a resort group wanted to build a lodging
property on land considered sacred to aboriginal people and also significant in
terms of environmental stability? If such a resort were to be built without
regard to the social, environmental, and even economic impact it would cause;
would you prefer to stay as such a property – contributing to the negative? Or,
instead, stay at a more responsible property and support the positive? That is
what this blog is about. To help the potential tourist of Alberta Canada to
make responsible decisions about their vacation or business trip. And, to
contribute to an understanding of the impact which the tourism industry has.
Create your own unique website with customizable templates.