THE FLOATING HOTEL
Recent expansion of tourism, focused on profit creation, where profit itself is the only criteria, has short-term goals and unavoidably leads to the destruction of the foundations of civilizations.
In the beginning, destinations are unknown and have inadequate infrastructure. The more well-known they become, the more visitors they attract, and their purposely built infrastructure is improved.
Uncontrolled and unplanned construction combined with ambitious high-cost projects, which are sadly only very momentarily effective and mostly owned by foreign investors, provide the local population and their environment with two roles – in the beginning they become hostages, but ultimately they become victims who lose their identity and as a result the region stagnates and eventually degrades.
When a destination loses its “charm and purpose” in a tourism sense, it loses its source of profit and steadily declines. There are also many external factors that cannot be controlled, but can contribute to the decline (SARS, terrorism, wars, monetary changes). Considering all the above, the price to pay for a relatively low profit is enormous.
One of the possible solutions for sea side destinations can be in so called “floating hotels” and similar complexes. They are a sort of hybrid between boats and houses. Their main advantage is their mobility; however they can house the entire necessary infrastructure and can produce necessary power. In times of tourism expansion they can help reduce disordered construction and therefore allow the destination to follow its course of development without too much visible damage and thus help maintain a balance between the local environment and the needs of the tourism industry. According to the needs of he tourism industry and other external factors, these objects can simply be relocated to different destinations.