The future of resorts: Nature tourism over historic buildings
From resort development to establishing a farm, I end up starting businesses wherever I go. I recently went diving in the Blue Cave for the first time in a year. Again, because of both the COVID-19 pandemic and it being off-season, I had the whole place to myself!
While playing with all the fish, I also began to want to do a new business involving the sea (haha).
When thinking about the future of tourism, I realized that it is common for foreign tourists to visit Kyoto, Nara, or Kamakura and stop there. What’s more, many establishments in Kyoto refuse first-time customers. Many tourists end up drinking cheap sake in front of convenience stores. One of the joys of traveling is becoming friends with those from other countries. That’s difficult to do in a city that doesn’t have after-parties.
The reason I want to visit Thailand or Bali over and over is not just for their historic buildings. It’s also for nature tourism and the interactions with people. (Mr. Yoshiharu Hoshino of Hoshino Resorts also stresses the need for nature tourism.)
I was born as a human, so I want to travel the world, enjoy landscapes I have never seen, interact with people I have never met, and do work that solves some community or societal problem.
By learning about things indispensable to human life such as nature, food, and housing, one can explore possible futures for humankind.
I am currently fascinated by Okinawa, which has the greatest natural locations I can travel to without a passport. What do the fish of the Blue Cave think of this paradise, I wonder?