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Environmental factors

It is now widely accepted that many tourist activities have negative impacts on the environment and tourism organisations are aware that they need to make sure that these impacts are reduced as much as possible.  Today, people are aware of the need for a sustainable approach to tourism. 

Tourism organisations have to be aware of the ever-increasing range of regulations and laws relating to protection of the environment.  These include recycling or reducing waste and reducing carbon emissions from vehicles.  Nearly every form of transport, such as coaches, cruise liners and aircraft, produces some form of emission which pollutes the atmosphere, and governments are placing ever-stricter controls on tourism organisations regarding the level of emissions.

One example of the measures taken to reduce the environmental impact of emissions is for major destinations to produce guidance and often rules for coach companies and drivers who want to bring coach parties into the destination.  Coach parties bring in lots of income for destinations, but large diesel engines produce a lot of pollution.

One example of the guidance provided, taken from the Cardiff City Council website, is shown below.