Tourism That Minimally Affects the Environment 

At Overa Tours, we give top priority to the environment and nature. Tourism is one of the main and fastest-growing markets in the world and Sri Lanka and has a huge effect on the environment, culture, society, and also on the economy, both positively or negatively. 

The detrimental effect that tourism may have on the environment threatens the essential tourism resource in coastal regions and has a direct impact on many other non-tourist economic activities. 

There is a need to reduce the multiple impacts that are having a significant effect on the tourism industry by: 

  • Proper preparation of tourism 
  • Managing  
  • Tackling things in a manner that is environmentally friendly, socially efficient, and commercially viable

Tourism can have positive impacts on the ecosystem as a consequence of environmental preservation and restoration. The relationship between tourism and the environment is dynamic. It includes a variety of behaviors that can have unpleasant environmental consequences. 

And that’s why we’re focused more on ecotourism and effective preparation for the balanced use of resources. Of course, the tourism industry contributes to the country’s economy in many ways. The many ways that tourism impacts nature positively include:

Direct financial contribution: tourism will contribute directly to the protection of sensitive areas and ecosystems. Park-entry fees and related sources can be designated expressly to provide for the security and maintenance of ecologically vulnerable areas. Unique payments for park maintenance and service can be collected from visitors or maybe raised from tour operators. 

Improved Environmental Protection and Planning: improved environmental management of tourism needs better hotel services to improve the benefits of the natural world. Advanced preparation may contribute to the growth of tourism, and disruptive and expensive errors can be prevented, avoiding the gradual loss of environmental properties that are important to tourism. 

Raising environmental consciousness: tourism has an enormous opportunity to improve public understanding of the ecosystem and also to raise awareness of different environmental concerns by getting citizens closer to nature and the environment. 

Protection and restoration of the ecosystem: tourism will play a major role in adding to the protection of the environment, protecting and restoring the balance of ecological diversity, and the efficient utilization of natural resources. Due to the existence of attractiveness, pristine places and natural areas are recognized as desirable and the desire to maintain the attraction intact can inspire the establishment of national parks and wildlife parks.

Possible Negative Impacts of Tourism That We Address and Minimize

Depletion of natural resources: tourism growth will place strain on natural resources by growing consumption in places where resources are still limited. 

Pollution: tourism will affect the same types of pollution as any other industry: air pollutants, sound pollution, solid waste and trespassing, wastewater discharges, oil and chemicals, and sometimes even architectural/visual pollution. 

Solid waste and littering: in regions with large concentrations of tourism events and desirable natural attractions, waste management can be a severe issue and inappropriate disposal may be a significant waste of the natural environment-rivers, beautiful areas, and highways. 

Destruction and modification of the ecosystem: the ecosystem is a geological region that includes all living beings (people, plants, livestock, and micro-organisms), their physical climate (such as land, water, and air), and the natural processes that maintain them.

Our Understanding and Action on Environment Protection While Engaging in Tourism

Sri Lanka’s tourism industry has tremendous potential because it is one of the fastest-growing sectors compared to other industries that are creating jobs and earning a significant amount of foreign exchange, as well as offering a boost to the country’s overall economic and social development. 

Yet there’s a lot left to be done. More focus can be given to the idea of eco-tourism. Ecotourism ought to be introduced in various parts of the country because if this were to happen, it would benefit tremendously to protect, preserve and maintain the natural and cultural ecosystems of the country. 

Tourism has to be established in such a way that it incorporates and entertains tourists in a way that is minimally invasive or detrimental to the community and preserves and respects local communities in the areas in which it works. 

Moreover, considering that tourism is a multi-dimensional operation and fundamentally a service business, it is of the utmost importance for both central and state governments, as well as for private sectors, and therefore actively engaged in the voluntary work needed to become active collaborators in the pursuit of sustainable growth in the tourism sector.

At Overa Tours, we have a long vision of ecotourism, and we have implemented the plan already. And we keep on improving our service to make sure the environment, the country, and we all remain unharmed when enjoying amazing Sri Lanka.