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1st Journal Entry: Circular Tourism Proposal And How We Struggle Through It

Circular Tourism Proposal

In our case, we  concentrated on circular tourism. It was not an easy task since it is a new form of tourism. We had to concentrate on internet research since it is not available in our books. It was costly to obtain enough information online that fully describes circular tourism. Our research arrived to a definition that circular tourism creates a circular economy. Resources are recycled, recovered within an economic development model to achieve low consumption, emission, and high production efficiency. We found out that circular tourism strengthens recycling resources through marketing, training, developing, designing products, and enterprise management.

Circular tourism ensures improvement of the environment, social, internal and regional cycling. In addition, there is green tourism consumption, green attractions, transport, hotels, and green entertainment. There is efficient use of resources, eco-friendly environment, and a reasonable bearer for visitors. It makes use of clean energy, reduces noise pollution, consumes low energy, produces clean goods and control pollution. It recycles supplies and offers eco-tourism commodities, recyclable shopping bags, entertainment, and rations use of resources. It aims at collecting waste, using and reusing it.

Circular tourism is a new concept applied in tourism activities to produce a circular economy. The aim is to produce a virtuous circle, which produces services and goods with minimal waste of limited resources such as raw materials, energy, and water. In Circular tourism adventure the traveler, supplier, tour operator and the host adopt an approach that is eco-friendly. It is attentive to the impact on the environment and sustainability is ensured. Non-renewable sources of energy are consumed with minimal waste.

Merits of choosing circular tourism

The proposal chose circular tourism to establish a virtuous circle which permits travelers  to be responsible at all stages during the stay and as they prepare for the trip. The nature of tourism will involve a proposal of sustainable tourism offer from professionals in the industry, making the right choices, bookings and planning a stay in sustainable way. A soft transport arrives at the destination.

Responsible places of living are selected among chosen institutions and  local consumption where eco-actions such as sorting waste are adopted. Feedback is availed to professionals and tourists to enhance sustainable tourism offer. Circular tourism aims at linking tourism to tourist villages to increase their value and change activities based on tourism such as wildlife, farming activities, art, culture, harvesting seasons and religions.

2nd Journal entry: Circular Tourism between Norway and Singapore

As a team, we had a difficult time establishing the practice of circular tourism between Norway and Singapore. However, we researched through the internet and primary sources such as books thatNorway is among the countries that attracts most tourists in the world because of its famous amazing scenery. Fjords are located in the west. Their narrow inlets with flanks in the sides and a tall mountain penetrate by the sea in the far inland. Most of the land is rocky resembling a wilderness. The vast land is highly unpopulated thus converted to national parks. The Gulf Stream invites a friendly climate in Norway. The North Cape is a cliff 307 meters high where tourists enjoy watching more than two million birds, deep sea with rafting nature especially at night. The Geirangerfjord is a heritage with waterfalls hitting both sides of the waterway. Activities such as fishing, hiking, kayaks, and riding boats are common. Oslo is the capital city in Norway. It has national museums, cultural scene, and beautiful setting. Vigeland Park in Oslo is `the most visited place with over one million tourists each year. It is famous for its Gustav Vigeland life work, Norwegian sculptor, displays such as bronze, and Monolitten in one white granite. Trondheim town has historic buildings and old heritage located in the city center. Other activities include culture, art, and music and student life.

Tourist attraction sites in Singapore

As a team we found various sites in Singapore including Singapore Zoo, Merlion Park, Jurong bird park, Singapore Flyer, Duck tour, and Singapore night safari. Singapore History museum and Sensota Island together with Thian Hock Keng temple and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple are attractive sites for tourism. The Helix Bridge, Sri Thendayuthapani temple is among top monuments. Circular tourism between Norway and Singapore is enhanced by co-funding which has improved Agent Desktop Technology and operations optimization project. The upgraded new open source VOIP telephony system, a wholesale system is customized and availability of cloud welfare system integrates into the local and regional sub agents. Moreover, updates on travel agent and tourist guides avail curate tours and networking assist in circular tourism. Circular tourism in Norway permits tourists to visit Trysil whose nature is not spoilt. It offers holiday spots in Europe.

Roros is a traditional town and a sustainable destination in the modern community. It includes people working and living in the middle of UNESCO world Heritage site. UNESCO protects Vega Islands and considers it among undiscovered island gems. Laerdal contains dramatic mountaintops, preserved stave church, and unique wooden houses. Geilo is located between Bergen and Oslo cities. It lies at the foot of two national parks offering outdoor activities round the year. Svalbard Islands in the Arctic Ocean features arctic wilderness and unique wildlife in a rugged and fragile setting. Setesdal and golden road are considered for circular tourism.

Leading destinations

In Norway there are four pilot tourism destinations representing development in tourism in terms of different sizes, products, markets giving good Norwegian picture. The sustainable pilot destinations for tourism include Vega, a harsh living settlement on archipelago having more than 6500 islands near Arctic Circle. Trysil is a large ski resort in Norway that offers sporting opportunities and offering energy resources in the area. Laerdal town and Fjord offers tourism activities for visitors. A nearby flowing Salmon River and hiking trails offers spectacular architecture. Roros mining town has oldest wooden settlements including houses. It has unique culture, atmosphere, and local cuisine. Norway circular tourism aims at availing environmental waste disposal and policy, local food, product development, host and knowledge training among others.

Norway and Singapore has adopted ecotourism that involves responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment and ones that improve people’s welfare. Geotourism sustains and enhances geographical character in Norway such as the heritage, culture and aesthetics to improve the well-being of the residents. Pro-poor tourism increases net benefits for the poor people. Responsible tourism maximizes benefits of local communities and minimizes negative environmental and social impacts. Local people are assisted to conserve fragile culture, species, and habitats. Sustainable tourism in Norway and Singapore accounts for future and current economic, environmental, and social impacts. It addresses needs of the visitors, environment, and host communities. Certifications and eco-labels include lists of items to be filled to be certified by the inspector.

Sustainable tourism in Singapore includes visiting areas such as Marina Barrage that has transformed the downtown city in Singapore to the largest reservoir in urban city. The sustainable gallery in the dam is sustainable for touring. Natural reserves such as Bukit Timah nature reserve is a primary rainforest situated within the city. Sungei Buloh Wetland reserve is a mangrove forest protecting huge numbers of migrating birds. Singapore zoo focuses on native wildlife that fits in the warmer climate.

3rd Journal entry: Preparing for upcoming presentation along a busy schedule

As a team we suffered the problem of procrastination. We had not prepared for the presentations until the time of handing out other assignments. It was very tricky since we had to prepare at night since it was the only available time. Preparations for an upcoming presentation are necessary although there exists a busy schedule. We thought of arranging the presentation in steps to ease the work. The first step involves identifying what one is passionate about to help grasp the main subject and make the words flow. Second step involves identifying the audience who are going to listen to the speech. The speech should persuade them. Realizing their interests will help construct useful information that will delivered easily. Third step is to outline your presentation. Outlining will single out major points of discussion. Example of an outline includes a story opener, explanation, and relevance to e presentation. Introduction of topics including storytelling, simplistic design, and passion are third stage. Thesis statement is included. Main ideas include storytelling, simplistic design, and passion. The last part includes the conclusion. The last part includes presentation of the script.

4th Journal entry: Fourth week is when we struggle to complete the ppt presentation for the assignment

As a group, we encountered various challenges in the completion of the ppt presentation for the assignment. We carried on various researches through the web to get accurate dimensions for a standard ppt. our efforts achieved various dimensions. The minimum size was 18 including times new roman as a font. We avoided blocks of texts and onscreen information. Bold was used to highlight points having lower case and upper case letters. Light background was followed with dark text in bright rooms.

Coordinating reading and talking points in the visual presentation was marked with numbers in each slide. We made sure that we pointed the materials in the ppt to avoid confusing the listeners. Shortening the written parts proved difficult since it involved cutting some words. However, it was important to shorten the work into summaries to deliver the points. We had to ensure a large font size for each member to read and combined it with best colors to view details carefully.

Spell checking was tedious although very important to eliminate errors of typology for the audience and viewers. We had to choose images to use, graphs and visuals for displaying best message. The team chose less visual graphics at the background of the slides to avoid distracting the audience. The visuals were consistent in all presentations to indicate professionalism. The later harder part was to practice on how to present the information to familiarize with the points for discussion.

5th Journal entry: Fifth week is when we do the presentation but there was many critics by judge’s panel

The judge’s panel criticized our presentation on basis of lacking proper sequence structure having introduction, body, and summary. The panel argued that a logical sequence is used to present points. They explained that our introduction was poor and that it did not wholly catch the attention of the speaker. They argued that there should be proper coordination between the visual aids and the message. The panel explained that the team did not show confidence and friendly nature to the audience which exhibit enthusiasm and interest. Maintaining a good posture and eye contact is important for the audience to gain clarity and be attentive to the point. The panel explained that the team should have been more explicit and expressive. The judges explained that our presentation failed to motivate the audience and had a confusing structure. There were gaps in logic contributing to poor delivery and design of slides. We failed to prepare three documents and handouts for the three of us.

6th Journal entry: Sixth week we were doing our posters and working through final report.

However, for the moment we focused on the poster construction

We mounted our poster on a board sized 36 by 48 inch using power point landscape. On the poster we included graphs, figures, and texts to describe our work. The heading of the poster includes the title and name. The title is typed in 72 point and name of students and sponsor typed at 48 point typed. The poster also included objectives, purpose of the research, methodology, results, and conclusions. Posters contained large font for audiences 3-4 feet away. They appealed in their visual appearance, avoided fancy fonts and extreme colors.

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