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How Akaroa Enjoys the Cruise Ships

Summer is of course a particularly busy time of year for vacationers and people who work in the tourist industry alike. The attraction to Akaroa for tourists is more than self-explanatory when you consider the sheer natural beauty of this place, which is teeming with exciting activities, breathtaking sights and has a fascinating history and culture. Being such a small town, though, the effects of summer tourism, in particular from the cruise ships, is perhaps felt to a larger extent. A small community of approximately seven hundred becomes swelled to such a degree in the summer months that this majestic segment of the world takes on a completely different vibe. Here is a look into why the summer season makes Akaroa what it is today, and why that should be embraced by all who live here. 


Society Benefits
Akaroa is the perfect destination for cruise ships, the simply spectacular scenery is one to be admired no matter what time of year, and the summer months arguably really do show it at its best when the cruise ships begin rolling into the harbour. For the passengers, everything here is easily accessible, making it an appealing stop off, with breathtaking short walks around the bay, and a number of great eateries and amenities it really does provide everything that one could require. As locals, of course we are more than aware of what a stunning, enjoyable place this is, and the temptation is perhaps all too easy to want to keep it to ourselves. However, socio-cultural benefits from the cruise ship industry has been seen the world over.

The strengthening of communities can often be accounted to a thriving tourist industry, whereby locals feel proud of their homeland and want to show this, and their way of life off, to passing visitors. This can bring more vitality into the area, seen also with local events, and in general a bigger display of what it means to come from Akaroa. It must also be considered how the town would be without an influx of tourism. Would there be as many services and the benefits from this? It has to be accepted that for a town to stay fresh and forward-thinking change and development must occur. With places where that this has not happened they have often simply slipped into the ‘ghost town’ mentality.

Employment also majorly benefits from tourism, and economically the advantages cannot be dismissed. In the wake of post-earthquake times, Akaroa is now more than ever in need of a reliable economic source, and tourism with all that comes with it has never been more important for that very reason.

Sustainable Travel
The whole model of travel is set to change, which will greatly benefit both consumer and those who are affected by tourism in general. This, in turn, means that the cruise ship industry as we know it will undoubtedly be changing for the better in the future. Thus the potential environmental concerns of present will become a thing of the past. According to Responsibletravel.com ‘rising fuel costs and the need for an image makeover will see cruise companies look to improve fuel efficiency, perhaps adopting innovations such as the addition of huge sails to ships to cut consumption’. The environment is becoming ever more important to the traveller. The emergence of the option to choose flights that have a smaller carbon footprint are just the first signs of this. Tourists of course want to enjoy unspoiled nature and scenery so methods of travel that will contribute to and aid this are undoubtedly going to prove to be a popular affair. Essentially tourists are on the same page as the locals in this, and the fact that they pump so much capital into the area, will only see to ensure the environment is kept as natural and beautiful as it is today. 

As long as we remain culturally strong and hold onto the uniqueness of this normally quiet and relaxed town, the summer trade can therefore be nothing but advantageous. What attracts so many to this area is not just the breathtaking scenery, but also the way of life that we have been so strong to uphold. In essence the appreciation of this culture and lifestyle is to be celebrated by anyone who is involved, be that tourists who will leave with the setting of the summer sun, or the hardy locals who will forever love the place they get to call home. 

Contributor, Sue Howson.

Summer is of course a particularly busy time of year for vacationers and people who work in the tourist industry alike. The attraction to Akaroa for tourists is more than self-explanatory when you consider the sheer natural beauty of this place, which is teeming with exciting activities, breathtaking sights and has a fascinating history and culture. Being such a small town, though, the effects of summer tourism, in particular from the cruise ships, is perhaps felt to a larger extent. A small community of approximately seven hundred becomes swelled to such a degree in the summer months that this majestic segment of the world takes on a completely different vibe. Here is a look into why the summer season makes Akaroa what it is today, and why that should be embraced by all who live here. 

Society Benefits
Akaroa is the perfect destination for cruise ships, the simply spectacular scenery is one to be admired no matter what time of year, and the summer months arguably really do show it at its best when the cruise ships begin rolling into the harbour. For the passengers, everything here is easily accessible, making it an appealing stop off, with breathtaking short walks around the bay, and a number of great eateries and amenities it really does provide everything that one could require. As locals, of course we are more than aware of what a stunning, enjoyable place this is, and the temptation is perhaps all too easy to want to keep it to ourselves. However, socio-cultural benefits from the cruise ship industry has been seen the world over.

The strengthening of communities can often be accounted to a thriving tourist industry, whereby locals feel proud of their homeland and want to show this, and their way of life off, to passing visitors. This can bring more vitality into the area, seen also with local events, and in general a bigger display of what it means to come from Akaroa. It must also be considered how the town would be without an influx of tourism. Would there be as many services and the benefits from this? It has to be accepted that for a town to stay fresh and forward-thinking change and development must occur. With places where that this has not happened they have often simply slipped into the ‘ghost town’ mentality.

Employment also majorly benefits from tourism, and economically the advantages cannot be dismissed. In the wake of post-earthquake times, Akaroa is now more than ever in need of a reliable economic source, and tourism with all that comes with it has never been more important for that very reason.

Sustainable Travel
The whole model of travel is set to change, which will greatly benefit both consumer and those who are affected by tourism in general. This, in turn, means that the cruise ship industry as we know it will undoubtedly be changing for the better in the future. Thus the potential environmental concerns of present will become a thing of the past. According to Responsibletravel.com ‘rising fuel costs and the need for an image makeover will see cruise companies look to improve fuel efficiency, perhaps adopting innovations such as the addition of huge sails to ships to cut consumption’. The environment is becoming ever more important to the traveller. The emergence of the option to choose flights that have a smaller carbon footprint are just the first signs of this. Tourists of course want to enjoy unspoiled nature and scenery so methods of travel that will contribute to and aid this are undoubtedly going to prove to be a popular affair. Essentially tourists are on the same page as the locals in this, and the fact that they pump so much capital into the area, will only see to ensure the environment is kept as natural and beautiful as it is today. 

As long as we remain culturally strong and hold onto the uniqueness of this normally quiet and relaxed town, the summer trade can therefore be nothing but advantageous. What attracts so many to this area is not just the breathtaking scenery, but also the way of life that we have been so strong to uphold. In essence the appreciation of this culture and lifestyle is to be celebrated by anyone who is involved, be that tourists who will leave with the setting of the summer sun, or the hardy locals who will forever love the place they get to call home. 

Contributor, Sue Howson.