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Taking time to connect offline | Water use in luxury tourism

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Monday, 14 September 2020

 

If you’re missing the office, football terraces, nightclubs or choir practice, you may feel that 2020 has been the most anti-social of years. As a result, the use of social media and online gatherings has reportedly risen dramatically. Indeed, by the time you read this, there’s a good chance you’ll have already checked and responded to some of the tweets and posts we depend on to feel connected. But mc schraefel argues that we should be wary of becoming too reliant on this form of communication – even in a time of lockdowns and restricted social bubbles. Fast and convenient, the instant hit of an online message is often lacking the vital ingredients of complexity and thought that come from that old-fashioned form of interaction, face-to-face conversation, which humans need to thrive.

In other news, many wildlife tourism lodges in southern Africa are in remote, rural locations where little or no infrastructure exists. This means they often depend on rivers, dams and boreholes and compete directly with the water needs of local communities and livestock. Kevin Mearns, who has done a study to set a benchmark for water use in tourism, explains how these establishments can adopt more sustainable practices to decrease the amount of water they use, which tends to be much higher than the host communities’ consumption.

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