WILLINGNESS TO PAY STUDY
The Seychelles Islands similar to other island states depends on its environmental assets to providetourism products. It is evident that proper management of such asset should be of high priority.Many Small Island Developing States such as Fiji, Palau, Cook Islands, Belize, Saint Kitts and Nevis,British Virgin Islands, introduced a “Green Fee” in the form of a departure tax charged upon visitor’sarrival or departure from the destination to finance environmental conservation projects.
In July to August 2019, The Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation together with Blue Economy Research Institute conducted a Willingness to Pay (WTP) survey to determine the feasibility of adding an environmental levy to Seychelles’ existing visitor departure fees to invest in the naturalresources in Seychelles through conservation, management and research. The study wascommissioned by Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust Fund.
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MOTIVATIONS TO MAKE YOUR ESTABLISHMENT MORE SUSTAINABLE WHILE SAVING MONEY
Tourism establishments have an active role to play when it comes to mitigating climate change by acting responsibly, whilst ensuring the business can continue its operations and save cost. This research aimed at demonstrating measurable benefits and best practice examples as incentives for accommodations in Seychelles to seek certification from the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL).
All 15 SSTL certified establishments at the time were interviewed and asked questions about their water, energy and waste management and the financial benefits of acting more sustainable.
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