Sustainable Tourism

Green tourism (sustainable tourism) and responsible travel means tourism, that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

Responsible Tourism gives equal weight to the economy, society and the environment – the three pillars of sustainable development, by:

* protecting the environment – its flora, fauna and landscapes, * respecting local cultures – traditions, religions and built heritage, * benefiting local communities – both economically and socially, * conserving natural resources – from office to destination, * minimising pollution – through noise, waste disposal and congestion.

Responsible environmental practice has benefits by reducing energy and water bills, sewage treatment and waste disposal costs. Good environmental management also improves the quality of a tourism operation’s surroundings, enhancing the overall experience for guests.

Lastly, responsible tourism may well be a matter of survival. Local communities need to be meaningfully involved in tourism to perceive its benefits. Good economic practices can create jobs, stimulate entrepreneurship and boost regional economic growth. A responsible approach ensures that all sectors of society benefit from a virtuous tourism cycle.

Information taken from: www.satis.co.za/responsible_tourism_handbook/index.htm, www.aito.co.uk/corporate_Responsible-Tourism.asp


 
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