As you know, on Ethik Hotels our spearhead is sustainable tourism. And we won’t tell you anything about the fact that there are different types of tourism, sustainable or not. 2021 is really the year the sector is looking to reinvent itself and so we are seeing new practices coming. As always, we want you to have all the cards in hand to organize responsible holidays that will make you happy. This is why we want to highlight new trends in sustainable tourism to perhaps make you want to try the adventure.
#1 Slow tourism, the art of slowing down on vacation
Slow tourism is inspired by the slow food movement. This movement, which was born in Italy in the 80s, aimed to counter the emergence of fast food. For this, Carlo Petrini, the founder, wishes to restore the nobility of food and put it back at the heart of our lives. It advocates moments of sharing and living with our loved ones around a good meal with quality products. The concept is therefore not recent, but it has recently begun to affect other sectors to become one of the new trends of tourism. Still need to know how to apply it!
For slow tourism, the basic idea is therefore the same: spend quality time during our holidays. We learn to discover, to enjoy the moment. Discover our proposals for setting up slow tourism in our article on Ecological activities and all our advice for disconnecting on vacation .
The end of the first confinement, and the 100 kilometer limit, pushed us to discover places that normally we would never have taken the time to visit. It must be said that after 2 months locked up at home, we all had only one desire: to get some fresh air. We have once again shown resilience, we have adapted and found activities within our 100 kilometres. And what wonderful surprises! It must be said that we have all discovered nuggets during this period.
#2 The micro adventure, a new trend in tourism to test the weather of a weekend
The micro adventure is completely in line with the approach of local tourism but in addition it is part of the approach of minimalism and sobriety. That is to say to leave for one or two days (micro stay), very close to us (micro distance) and in accommodation of the tiny house type (micro house).
With local tourism and micro adventure, we transform what has been a constraint into a new form of tourism and we make it a new way of life. Given the wealth of what everyone discovered upon leaving confinement, there is plenty to do. We are not ready to run out of ideas! Many blog articles have been devoted to these two new tourism trends, I invite you to consult those in your region. A new trend in tourism is born!
However, if despite everything you are looking for inspiration, I invite you to consult the Chilowé website . This site is full of information so that you can “go on an adventure 2 steps from home”.
#3 Regenerative tourism, active responsible holidays
In the new trends of tourism this is really the most recent. It is part of the movement of regenerative agriculture which aims to give the soil time to regenerate. Well, another story of slow it seems! More concretely, for tourism it means to leave a place in a better state than we found it.
We think of Venice but it is also the case of Machu Picchu, Dubrovnik…
encourage travelers to participate in positive actions in favor of the ecosystem they come to discover. This can go through planting trees, corals, participating in the construction of infrastructure for local populations, bringing its know-how to an area and passing it on to the inhabitants…
do not bring or bring back with you plants or animals that are not part of the local ecosystem and which could have dramatic consequences if they proliferate there.
It is a question of having a positive action and not only of consuming tourism. In this movement, we must become a player in tourism!
#4 Le Bleisure, reconciling holidays and work
The what ? Yes, you read that right: Bleisure. Kesako? It’s called an English portmanteau word, a contraction of business and leisure. Originally this concerned employees who included personal time before or after a business trip. In a way, the useful is combined with the pleasant.
Once again the pandemic has redistributed the cards. With the rise of teleworking, a new trend in tourism has emerged. Now it is above all a question of integrating professionals into our moments of pleasure. More concretely, for those who are lucky enough to be able to work, some can work from where they wish. The only sine qua none condition is to have a good Wifi connection.