(CNN) — Picture the scene.
A beach heaving with bodies. Sunbeds racked up alongside the pool. High tower blocks of rooms, one packed on top of another. Tourists clustered round the buffet. All in a complex gated off from the local community.
Think again. According to experts in sustainable tourism, the all-inclusive package holiday could be the sustainable vacation of the future.
But he says that all-inclusive resorts have the “potential” to be a highly sustainable way to accommodate mass tourism.
“Done the right way, there’s a real need for it,” he says.
“In most cases, the infrastructure in ‘precious’ places isn’t that prepared, so there’s absolutely a place for mass tourism — we just have to think about doing it a lot better.”
So could a pile-’em-high, cram-the-sunbeds-in beach holiday really be the green way to travel we’ve all been looking for?