What is sustainable tourism?
Sustainable tourism does not refer to a specific type of tourism, rather it is an aspiration for all forms of tourism to be sustainable by having low negative impacts and high positive impacts.
Sustainable tourism includes adopting the following aspects:
- Minimizing your carbon footprint whilst travelling
- Choosing accommodation which adopts resource efficient and low carbon approaches
- Choosing accommodation which celebrates local culture and ethical tourism
- Support local community impact initiatives
- Choose accommodation which adopts Sustainable and Ethical Procurement
- Choosing accommodation which has ethical and inclusive labour practices and encourages employee development
- Use water conserving efforts throughout your trip
- Dine at local restaurants
- Support local businesses
- Buy local crafts
- Avoid single use plastics which may end up in landfill or as litter
- Consume consciously
- Use public transport or better yet – bicycles – where possible
- Pick up litter
- Volunteer at a local NGO
Why is sustainable tourism important?
Tourism can contribute towards positive impact and change within a destination. Travellers bring employment opportunities to local communities and income which supports families. Travelling to nature-based destinations contributes to conservation efforts and ensures protection of nature for future generations to enjoy. Tourism has widespread positive impacts if conducted in a sustainable way promotes commerce, community, culture and conservation (the key components of the Long Run Initiative hosted by Preferred By Nature).
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