In the tourism industry you will frequently encounter the term responsible tourism, which was recently adapted and now used to better explain the misunderstood term, sustainable tourism.
“Responsible tourism is tourism which:
- minimizes negative social, economic and environmental impacts
- generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities
- improves working conditions and access to the industry
- involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances
- makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage embracing diversity
- provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues
- provides access for physically challenged people
- is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence
This coming week, we will be looking into the meaning of responsible tourism and how we, as the hosts, and you, as the guests, can make use of responsible tourism to enhance the experience of travelling for both parties when hosting, or in your case, visiting a country.
We hope that you will enjoy this week’s journey with us and that we will see you again tomorrow!