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PAG Public Meeting: Sustainable Island Tourism

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Sustainable Island Tourism

A presentation by

Brendan Canavan

7.30 pm. Monday 9th December 2013

Manx Legion, Market Hill, Douglas

Free Admission - Open to all



The concept of 'sustainable tourism' has emerged from a desire to avoid the perceived negative impacts of  tourism, to make as low an impact on the local environment and culture as possible, whilst helping to generate future employment for local people. The aim of sustainable tourism is to ensure that development brings a positive experience for local people, tourism companies and of course the tourists themselves.


Brendan Canavan is currently a PhD student at Nottingham University. He has been investigating the role and impacts of tourism in three similar yet contrasting north European small islands:

  • Lewis and Harris
  • Belle Ile, Brittany
  • The Isle of Man

Through the use of questionnaires and in-depth interviews Brendan has paid particular attention to the interrelated social, economic and environmental impacts of tourism upon these relatively small Islands and how the industry contributes to their habitability. Yet at the same time some fear that unbridled tourism could threaten their unique cultural and natural landscapes.

His findings are that, in the main, sustainable tourism provides relevant, unique, and widely appreciated impacts, which in turn contribute to landscape diversity, civic pride, migration flows, and overall habitability. He therefore calls for greater appreciation of and investment in the sector.



0 #1 Harbours and Marina tourism growth policy (complete absence of)Steve Bryce 2013-12-06 11:08
IoM lacked the foresight to become an Irish Sea distribution hub a couple of centuries ago.

That lack of initiative is replicated in its continuing failure to target leisure sailing and motor cruiser traffic from Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire. And also to encourage these owners to have their craft moored here permanently to take advantage of making passages to Irish Sea destinations N/S/E/W

Its impossible to get a a permanent mooring in either Douglas or Peel marinas. There are people of the waiting list who don't even own a boat (Manx law doesn't require them to have one!)

A small number of 'Visitor' swing moorings are provided in season at Ramsey, Port Erin, Peel etc but a tender is required to come ashore to access restaurants and pubs and shops. Harbour wall berths are very limited

When I arrived here in 2002 estate agents were waxing lyrical about the new Port St Mary marina. Whither the marina...?

I am on the waiting list at Peel Marina. There were no new marina pontoon lettings in 2013 because there is a silting problem. Indeed some pontoons have become unusable (so says Captain Best who manages all Harbours and who was ridiculously defensive in his written response to my complaints)

In other words the idiots who were responsible for planning and operating this facility gave no thought to the River Neb's centuries old tendency to spew silt into its estuary!!

The dredging has not even started and may be completed in May or June 2014. Possibly. Allegedly. I can't put my sailing boat in the water at Peel because there is no free space on the harbour wall

I've had enough and am looking to buy a motor cruiser on the Shannon-Erne waterway system in Ireland. I will have it berthed in Carrick on Shannon - a then very quiet town through which we towed a caravan through it 30 years ago

Today - thanks to the continual promotion and infrastructure improvements of their waterways industry - it has become a vibrant and attractive location and attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year to its retail and leisure offerings

It also now has a substantial edge of town retail park anchored by Tesco. It punches above its weight at every level

In their 2006 census the town's population was a mere 3,980 !!

They made it happen.

The bunch of cronyistic talentless politicians, and civil servants who run this place can only dream of replicating this type of success (assuming they had the imagination). Meanwhile my hard-earned will find its way into the pockets of good-humoured Irish traders

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