How would one go about to Build an Eco-Friendly Theme Park

Building An Eco-Friendly Theme Park

Environmental degradation is escalating at an alarming rate and for this reason; people who are concerned about the fate of the planet try their best to go green. Currently, several industries are putting some good effort into reducing their CO2 emissions into the environment. Theme Parks have not been left behind in this race; all over the world theme park developers are coming with new innovative ways that seek to eradicate environmental pollution. 

Being that these places require very large amounts of energy to operate, they are more prone to pollute the surrounding environment if proper measures are not taken. Building an eco-friendly theme park will not only save the environment but will also lower the amount of money used in running and managing the park. Through this article, you will get highlights on how one can go about building an eco-friendly theme park.

Resort to Solar Energy

Every theme park needs a good amount of energy to efficiently run. The rides, the lighting all require large amounts of energy to fully operate. Having a solar project in the park is one of the best ways you can go green and at the same time lowering the cost of management. By using Photovoltaic solar panels, you can harness clean energy from the sun and use it to power the whole park. The good thing with solar panels is that they can produce high amounts of energy that can be used to run everything in the park without emitting any CO2 to the environment.

Have a Waste Management Plan

Parks are known to host a very large number of people from time to time. This makes them one of the places that receive the largest amount of waste in a single day. Having a good waste management plan will not only help you to avoid costly repairs such as calling a blocked drain plumber every so often; it also helps to conserve the environment in several ways, one being soil conservation. A good number of the materials used in serving food at the parks are made of plastics and aluminium. If proper care is not taken some of these materials may end up polluting the soil and in worse case scenarios can act as health hazards. A waste management plan will give you an easy time when deciding what to do with each type of waste.

The best way to go about waste management is by recycling. Through this, you will be able to make new products that you can still use in the park. If properly done recycling can convert waste materials into energy that can be used in the park.

Use Better Source of Energy

Unlike the common diesel fuel biodiesel fuel is fully biodegradable and is among the commonly used types of renewable fuels. Biodiesel fuels are known to have very little impact on the environment due to their chemical composition. These fuels are purely made from natural vegetable oils and plant fat. This means that they are non-toxic and very friendly to the environment. Biodiesel fuels can be used as an alternative to petroleum diesel fuels. They can be used to run the main engines that keep the park operational.

One other option is to use biomass, which is created from various bio-materials; trees, and even waste materials found in a sewer blockage. Talk to your local government bodies to learn more about biomass and converting it into energy.

People-Powered Rides

A good number of the rides in the park are powered by external sources of energy such as electricity and petroleum fuels. All these lead to environmental pollution, this can be avoided by installing rides that use human propulsion mechanisms. This can especially be effective on rollercoasters with the help of gravity and the weight of those on board you can make rides without relying on any form of energy. One example of such rides is the zipline in this adventure park in Victoria.

How would one go about to Build an Eco-Friendly Theme Park

Organic architectural Designs

The buildings and the structures in the park can also have an impact on the environment. Some roofing materials are known to produce high amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. This can be controlled by using green organic roofing materials that will reduce the carbon footprint.

By creating a sustainable funfair that commits to limit its environmental effects, we play a part and setting a good example to our community. Below are a couple of examples of eco entertainment parks around the world that we all can take notes from.

Nature adventure pool, Vorderhornbach (Austria)

Founded in Vorderhornbach (Lechtal Valley, Tyrol) in 2010, the swimming was completely realised with natural materials. Aside from the little swimming lake Badino with organic rocks from which you can dip, lianas along with a brook, it includes a place where filtered water. This utilizes a system of pumps and filters that cleans the lake without using chlorine and other chemical substances. The swimming pool is located next to the cycling path of the Lechtal Valley and in the winter it will become an ice rink.

Crealy Great Adventure Park (UK)

The very first adventure park in the UK that’s powered by renewable energy. The buildings and attractions, including the vertiginous roller coaster, use the electricity made by solar panels. Even the Crealy Great Adventure Park’s vehicles, in addition, are fuelled by biodiesel, pit water in the park is extracted to avoid wasting drinking water and local manufacturers supply their products.

Live Wire Park (Australia)

An adventure park that claims to be powered by Nature. Located in a forest in Lorne, Victoria, it uses surrounding trees as anchors for recreational zip lines. The park has various circuit options that differ by their intensity and the length of the circuit. It also hosts outdoor team building activities for bigger groups. Designed to produce minimum impact on the environment, it is powered by solar energy and recycles water that is collected on-site. It even encourages its customers not to bring food containers from outside to minimise waste on-site!

Orme nel parco (Italy)

Immersed in a beechwood on the hills of the area of Sila, southern Italy, this theme park comprises land art installations and puppy walking trails. Aside from the traditional outdoor entertainment activities (experience itineraries, mountain bike, climbing, excursions etc), it is possible to have “eco experiences”, guided sensory adventures in contact with nature.

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The Change in the Hotel Industry

There’s been a change in the world, and the shift is quite radical. International travelers are currently spending more and expecting more at the same time. They are prepared to spend big money when deciding where to go on their next vacation.

In this article, we will take a look at the latest trends happening in the luxury travel area and why catering to the traveler is essential for hoteliers. Modern travelers are eager to invest that bit extra to create their escape that much more unique and luxurious. Accommodations in Australia are growing to adapt to this new trends.

British households spend an average of 2 weeks’ salary in their summer vacation while Australians hand over a mean of $3,962 on each overseas excursion, using a suggested prospective increase of 9 percent. If people are ready to commit so much on their holiday, it is safe to say that they wish to experience something extraordinary.

Expectations are on the upswing.

Online booking websites which cater especially to the more complex traveler are visiting great successes. In the Asia Pacific, the planet’s fastest growing travel area, a new type of celebrities dubbed ‘Travel Celebrities’ has emerged. These celebrities’ social media accounts create massive influence on people’s perception of how their next traveling experience should be.

Take Tasmania as an example. Amongst the many places of interest is Tasmania, where its cultural heritage and exquisite natural environment blends in together to create one of the most wonderful places to visit in the world. Hotels in Hobart, the capital city of this smallest state in Australia, make full use of the resources that this coastal town has to offer. The Henry Jones Art Hotel, for example, is located within a stretch of historical buildings. Guided tours of how the place comes to be are offered for today’s tourists who thirst for meaning. With Tasmania’s growth rate in tourism being higher than Australia’s national average, a large number of satisfactory rate was reported by people visiting Hobart in regards to their accommodations. Hotels like The Henry Jones had done something right.

Today’s guests are not happy with just a complimentary chocolate in their own pillow. Four or five stars aren’t as important as they once were unless it is possible to back them up with excellent reviews, exceptional conveniences, and high tech facilities. In an era of the millennials, where internet booking and meta-search engines are an essential component of traveling preparation, travelers are somewhat more complicated and educated than ever. 2014 research shows that 148.3 million journey reservations are made online every year, with net travel booking earnings growing by over 73% over the previous five decades.

Travelers will always try to find the best bargains

Travelers now compare prices, services, facilities and testimonials in order to find just what they want and desire. Based on TripAdvisor, 89 percent of travelers say that testimonials are powerful, and Internet in Traveling has found that 53 percent of users will discount a property if testimonials are inaccessible. Not only are travelers more educated, they’ve assumed a level of standard when it concerns the operation of an accommodation. As a hotelier, so as to maintain your premises before the game it’s essential you know about the latest industry trends.

Luxurious is described as ‘a condition of fantastic relaxation mixed with sophistication, particularly if it involves great expense’, therefore it’s your job to make this experience to your visitors. To be able to reach this, it is important to keep in mind that personalized and tailored encounters are crucial. Guests want to feel as though they are stepping in their second home, with their personal preferences and unique requirements catered to them constantly. As a good hotelier, you must be able to provide this as a base, before adding few more touches like what accommodations in Tasmania has done.

Meanwhile, take a look at how Millenials are changing the hotel industry:

More Than a Rock: The Best Experience Around Uluru

Journeying to Australia’s most iconic rock is an essential travel experience. While there are a variety of way to experience Uluru, there are also plenty of other attractions in the Northern Territory desert worth visiting to make sure you get the most out of your travels.

There are other rocks to explore

Uluru (Ayers Rock) may be the main attraction in Australia’s Red Centre, but it’s not the only rock worth visiting. Roughly 30km from the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, where Ayers Rock is located, are 36 striking red domes of Kata Tjuta (The Oglas) that are definitely worth the journey. Like Uluru, Kata Kjuta looks particularly stunning at sunset, and the dune viewing platform is a fantastic place to enjoy sunrise. The domes can be visited on many of the tours available, or independently with a $25 park entry ticket.

There is also ‘Fools-uru’ which is known as Uluru’s forgotten rock. The stunning mound sits on Curtin Springs cattle station which is located 80km north of Uluru. Tourists were once able to drive freely through the area, but following a significant number of rescues, station owners now use SEIT Outback Australia to run the tours from Uluru.

On a half-day 4WD tour of the area, you’ll visit the remarkable salt flats of Lake Swanson, featuring free-roaming cattle and camels – it is thought that almost half a million camels run wild through the Australian outback.

Hiking Kings Canyon

Located 300km from Uluru, it is possible to make a day trip to hike the magnificent Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. There you can do the famous 6km Rim Walk which can take between three and four hours. On days where the temperature is set to reach 36°C it is recommended that you aim to arrive before 9am, as rangers will close the gates in extreme heat for safety reasons.

If you don’t have access to a vehicle, you can book a return guided tour with AAT Kings. They also offer onward passage to Alice Springs at the end of the day, if you’re wanting to continue travelling north. The tour stops at Kings Creek Station for breakfast (where you can stock up on water for the hike), and then the lush Kings Canyon resort for lunch post-hike.

The Rim Walks starts with a step climb (worryingly nicknamed ‘Heart Attack Hill’), but once you reach the peak it’s a relatively easy stroll through the stunning landscapes including beehive-like domes of the ‘Lost City’, followed by the rich oasis at the heart of the canyon known as the ‘Garden of Eden’. Those who are looking for a less strenuous walk might prefer the 2km Creek Bed Walk, which highlights the impressive views of the canyon’s edge. Keen hikers can head to the Giles Track, a 22km route which is typically done at night. Like Kata Tjuta, part of the gorge is sacred and tourists are discouraged from wondering from the designated tracks.

My Experiences of the Yarra Valley

On my travels to Australia and around Melbourne I was lucky enough to meet Dutch-born landscaper John van de Linde.

Despite his Dutch heritage he told me he has always adored French gardens. So amazingly, when he transferred to Holbrook in regional NSW he became overwhelmed by the arid heat (who would have thought?).

Upon visiting his garden I could see the experience shaped him and in his own words he’s “been seeking shade ever since”.

Mr van de Linde and his wife Prue discovered a vacant paddock available to buy in the Yarra Valley approximately 2 decades back and have been producing Alowyn, a botanical wonderland complete with French gardens, ever since.

During the build, they actually built it with shade as a priority in their heads – so much so that in summer, you can walk from one end to another in the shade if you desire to.

Beyond the garden, the region is also well known because of its magnificent yarra valley wines and vineyards, but a culinary escape in the area should surely include a dash by Alowyn.

When locating a foundation, look no farther than the lavish Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa. From the well-appointed suite, you can overlook the valley and tuck into breakfast in Rae’s Restaurant, watching the hot air balloons float through the clouds.

The hotel is just 1 kilometre from the two and gardens; and close to the area’s sweetest appeal – the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery.

There you can catch a hot chocolate, a spoonful of samples and see the staff make their magic throughout the mill window. Open in 2012, this mecca for chocolate fans has recruited six qualified chocolatiers out of Belgium and France to direct the group hand crafting some 250 distinct products, such as fresh, tasty truffles; something you’ll struggle to find in even the best European bistros in Melbourne.

After satiating your sweet-tooth, it is time to locate wine and there’s a yarra valley winery for every taste and price point.

For a casual dinner and cheeky tasting, you cannot go beyond Innocent Bystander at Healesville. It is shareable plates paired with its unique way of wine tastings – kegs and automatic pourings.

But if you’re more accustomed to the taste of luxury, Levantine Hill will leave you wowed and desiring more.

A winery that won’t compromise on quality, owners Elias And Colleen Jreissati have spared no expense in producing French-inspired wines, an architecturally-designed basement door complete with helipad for aircraft, and a menu which emphasises regional freshness.

When you have not had your fill, then Yarra Yering’s basement door is not far away and ought not to be missed.

James Halliday winemaker of this year (2017), Sarah Crowe is creating stunning drops at what’s often named among the area’s top wineries.

On day two, in case you are in a more lively mood, the Award-winning Four Pillars Gin distillery in Healesville will have your tastebuds and Instagram account popping.

Four Pillars create eight, exceptionally popular gins. So go in, grab a tasting plus a share platter and I dare you to not take a photograph in the fashionable space decorated with contemporary, native floral structures.

And when a traditional country pub is exactly what you’re craving, then Look no farther than the “center of the Yarra Valley” – the Healesville Hotel.

The resort prides itself on providing a seasonal menu prepared by chefs on par with South Yarra’s very own luxury European styled restaurant bistro, along with an outstanding wine list, showcasing the very best the area has to offer with welcoming staff also.

IF YOU GO

Travelling there: The Yarra Valley is roughly a one-hour drive from both the Melbourne CBD and Melbourne Airport.

Accommodation: There are several amazing spots that also provide luxury catering and wedding facilities. Prices for most accommodation is roughly $150 per night for a standard queen room.

Activities: For more advice about exactly what the Yarra Valley has to offer visit visityarravalley.com.au