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True or false: "Ecotourism" and "sustainable travel" are terms that mean exactly the same thing.
The main difference between ecotourism and sustainable travel is the destination. With ecotourism, it's a natural area, but with sustainable travel, it can be anywhere.
How much money does tourism contribute to the global GDP annually?
The World Travel and Tourism Council estimates that tourism's direct and indirect contributions to global GDP total $5.7 trillion annually.
How many miles do Americans drive each year?
Americans drive 3 trillion miles annually, and they also log 6.5 billion miles annually on domestic flights.
People who are eco-conscious at home rarely change their habits when they travel.
Unfortunately, this one's false. In a recent survey, 95 percent of travelers admitted to being less green while on vacation.
What do you call travel during which vacationers participate in charitable work?
The answer is "voluntourism." Organizations like Hands Up Holidays and programs like Ritz-Carlton's Give Back Getaways can provide volunteer opportunities for your vacation.
Which of the following is not usually negatively affected by tourism?
The economic benefits of tourism include income for businesses, sales tax revenues for cities and job creation.
Unlike Yellowstone National Park, the Great Wall of China, and Angkor Wat, Mount Everest's extreme height has protected it from environmental degradation.
Unfortunately, this one's false. In 2010, climbers organized a trip to the "death-zone"-- a region on Mount Everest above 26,250 feet (8,000 meters) -- to remove 4,410 pounds (2,000 kilograms) of trash.
In what way does tourism typically affect the cultural identity of a community?
Aspen, Colo., is a great example of how tourism can negatively affect a community's identity. The once-sleepy mining town is now a high-end ski resort community in which most locals can no longer afford to live.
Which is not a benefit of agritourism?
The trend towards large, industrialized farms has placed a burden on small farmers and increased the distance between production and consumption. Agritourism addresses both of these issues in a fun and memorable way.
A roadside produce stand represents what form of agritourism?
Wine tastings are a good example of education and experience agritourism, while recreation and event agritourism involves activities like festivals, corn mazes and hay rides.
If agritourism and traditional agriculture provide relatively equal profits to the farmer, it is considered a what?
If agritourism simply supports the farm's primary role as a farm, it is a supplementary enterprise. If agritourism is the main source of income, it is a primary enterprise.
True or false: Businessmen can participate in sustainable travel.
Yes, they can. An increasing number of green hotels are popping up in large cities. For example, the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C., earned Sustainable Travel International's luxury hotel eco-certification in 2009.
What can you purchase to offset the carbon emissions incurred during your trip with investment in green energy projects?
The answer is carbon offsets. Offsetting a round-trip, 2,200-mile (3,500 kilometer) flight can cost as little as $5.99.
Which is not a certification for green lodging sites?
Red tree isn't a certification. On average, Green Key sites use 20 percent less electricity, 25 percent less energy for heating, and 27 percent less water per guest than non-certified accommodations.
True or false: Green hotels are never more profitable than traditional hotels.
Green hotels often have lower operating costs, and many times they're able to pass these savings on to customers.
What is it called when companies make their products sound greener than they really are?
A common greenwashing tactic in hotels is to ask patrons to reuse their towels and linens instead of washing them daily.
Greenwashing is a widespread problem affecting many products and services.
A 2007 study by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing found that all but seven of 1,018 products used misleading or false labeling to promote their products as eco-friendly.
Carbon offsets for a 6,500-mile (10,460-kilometer) cross-country flight in the United States cost about how much?
For about $17, you can purchase carbon offsets with your airline tickets from travel Web sites like Expedia and Travelocity.
Which form of transportation is the least eco-friendly?
Airplane emissions are especially harmful because they are released at a high altitude.
True or false: Americans remain largely unreceptive to the goals of sustainable travel.
A 2002 survey by the Travel Industry Association of America found that 71 percent of respondents felt that their visit to a destination should not harm its environment.
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