Responsible Tourism

10 Ways to Be a Responsible Tourist

BE A ROLE MODEL:
Set a good example in your own interactions with the environment and other people will follow suit.

DO NOT THROW ANYTHING IN TO THE TOILET:
Due to the septic system, non-organic waste will fill the septic tanks causing grey water to flow into the land and sea. This will increase pollution and kill our fragile underwater eco-system.

REFILL YOUR WATER BOTTLE:
Contribute to the waste management and help us recycle plastic by re-using your water bottle with a refill. It will also save you money and is an easy way to be green !

SAVE WATER:
Turn the water off when you are not using it, we live on a small island with very limited fresh water, so please be conservative.

SWITCH OFF AC, FAN, LIGHTS WHEN YOU LEAVE YOUR ROOM:
The electricity comes from petrol generators on the Gili islands. Do not waste the energy as the island can barely cope already.

THROW RUBBISH IN THE BINS PROVIDED:
Encourage responsible behavior by walking a few extra steps to collect rubbish and throw it in a bin.

DO NOT COLLECT SEA SHELLS FROM THE OCEAN OR THE BEACH:
They are live animals and taking them out of their environment will kill them. Hermit crabs will look for new and bigger sea shells from the beach as they grow up, collecting sea shell will leave the hermit crab homeless.

DO NOT TOUCH OR WALK ON THE REEF:
Coral and other animals are very fragile organisms and grow very slowly. Interacting with the ocean ecosystem will damage it. Please respect their space and only watch from a distance.

REPORT ENVIRONMENTAL DISTURBANCE OR DESTRUCTION:
Touching aquatic life, walking on reefs, anchoring, and throwing plastic are usually done in ignorance. Help these people to understand that their behavior is not Eco-appropriate by explaining how we can respect and look after our environment.

GET INVOLVED IN LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES AND ISSUES:
You may feel you can’t save the world, but you can have a great impact on the corner of the planet in which you live or spend your holidays. There are plenty of opportunities to show your support for a clean environment, including local beach cleanups, good eco role model behavior, education of local people about rubbish and plastic, and supporting ecological activities with your energy or money……

Big thanks to the Gili Eco Trust

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  2. phil says:

    Guess again! Anything can go wrong while you are traveling, and we strongly advise buying a policy.

    Most travel insurance policies are designed for a variety of travel needs but, We emphatically advise reading the fine print of any policy you purchase regarding any deductibles and health situations. You many find your policy will not cover pre-existing conditions that may cause a problem, or that the medical coverage is only for an injury or an illness, and not both.

    For emergency aid, travel insurance polices are generally dependable and affordable, but there are still a myriad of gaps in the coverage provided.

    You can find polices designed for almost any type of trip you may be planning, such as a single trip for hunting, backpacking, Boat trips, house rentals, and a host of others. But, the specific types and amounts of coverage you get depend on the policy you choose. It’s important to remember that you will only be covered for what is specifically stated in your policy and for nothing else.

    Most policies cover trip cancellation, lost baggage, medical, dental, and accidental death coverage. Other policies include emergency evacuation, 24 hour travel assistance, and trip or baggage delay. You may even find policies that include options for collision or damage to rented cars and business conflicts. There are many options that can be covered, but you will have to ask.

    The premiums for the policies are generally 5% to 7% the cost of your trip, but fees will vary depending on the your medical history and passengers ages. Many companies offer policies that will include coverage for children at no extra charge.

    It is best not to buy your travel insurance from your tour operator. We have listed a few reasons why it may be better to purchase through an insurance company separately.

    Most travel insurance policies offered by the operator are less flexible to your individual needs;

    Provide a lower amount of coverage;

    May only cover a portion of the trip;

    Your coverage may be secondary and the insurance will only pay for what you own private health or homeowner’s insurance does not cover;

    May duplicate coverage you already have;

    In the event the tour operator liquidates and goes belly up, you would lose not only your trip, but also your premium.

    Many travel agents are not fully knowledgeable when it comes to understanding the details of various travel insurance policies and may overlook something that could be important to you or your family and few offer suggestions. Buying travel insurance may be less expensive purchasing through your tour operator or cruise line, but for the reasons listed above, you should really check around.

    If you do choose to buy your policy from your tour operator, be sure to use a credit card. Depending on the policy of the credit card issuer, you may be provided with protection against potential default of the operator.

    When buying your policy from an insurance company:

    Always get quotes from several companies.

    Ask if the plan is pre-packaged or if you can custom design your own.

    Can you waive the pre-existing condition exclusion.

    Ask if you are covered for cancellation due to a terrorist incident. Don’t count of the company to provide information.

    Ask any questions you can dream up and then ask for suggestions for solutions.

    Enjoy your next trip and I hope the odds are with you and that you will never have to file a claim on your travel insurance policy.

    PLEASE NOTE: Island Promotions does not provide Travel Insurance for any booking taken.

  3. Diana Downs says:

    Responsibile tourism and concern for the environment may also be able to extend to the welfare of the ponies on the islands. Most are subject to overlading, two persons plus driver is ample. Most are well cared for and in reasonable condition, use only these ponies, and explain kindly to the drivers of ponies in poor condition why using their ponies would constitite a contribution to animal cruelty. Encourage change in a sensitive and culturally respectful way, improvementwill follow. Go to JAAN, an Indonesian Welfare group for more information.Make Gili Islands a Paradise for all its residents.

  4. Vlad says:

    Hello, all travelers. In March 2010 my wife and I toured … – Singapore – Denpasar (Bali) – Gili Trawangan – Ubud (Bali) – Denpasar (Bali) – …
    With a choice of destination, transportation, hotels we are very well helped the company http://www.gili-paradise.com

    The operators of the company offered us some of the best options and we make choices.

    All contacts have been very successful. We saved money, time and effort.

    I recommend e-mail for communication
    phil@island-promotions.com

    Vlad. Khimky, Moscow reg., RU.

  5. Yani says:

    Visit Lombok & Sumbawa 2012

    Ever since the first launch of Visit Indonesian Year program in 1992 (VIY 1992), The Indonesian Culture and Tourism Department continuously sustain similar program every year to attract foreign tourists and encourage to come to many different beautiful regions of Indonesia. Many tourist destinations conduct series of events to expose their tourist attractions every year with improving preparations from time to time.

    The Launch of Visit Lombok – Sumbawa 2012

    West Nusa Tenggara Province as one of Indonesian provinces that has various tourist potentials and indigenous natural resources is prepared and focused as the core program in 2012. Officially the plan of this program is launched on Saturday, 5 July 2009 in a ceremonial event held at Senggigi, Lombok. This event is attended by the President of Republic of Indonesia, His Honorable, Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

    The launch of Visit Lombok-Sumbawa Year 2012 program has also become an event for West Nusa Tenggara province to initiate and perform their preparation in welcoming the special year that is especially programmed for them.

    The Minister of Indonesian Culture and Tourism Department, His Excellency Ir. Jero Wacik, SE said, “The branding of Indonesian Tourism is: Kenali Negerimu, Cintai Negerimu (Know Your Country, Love Your Country). It means and also describes the Indonesian natural richness in the frame of tourism industry that covers natural tourism, heritage tourism, cultural tourism, shopping tourism, culinary tourism, and marine tourism. Lombok and Sumbawa island have some potentials i.e. natural tourism resources, pearl breed, and traditional woven. These made very much worthwhile for Lombok and Sumbawa island to be promoted.

    In this event, some promotional activities were also launched such as Website and VT. Apart from that, a special session to show the pearl and traditional woven were also displayed as two primary commodities of West Nusa Tenggara Province.

    Watch this great Promotion DVD [click here]

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