Responsible tourism

Responsible Tourism is tourism “that creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit”.

Responsible tourism as defined in the 2002 Cape Town Declaration:

• minimizes negative economic, environmental, and social 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, to the maintenance of the world’s 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, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.

For more information please download Responsible Travel Handbook.

Useful Links

WTM World Responsible Tourism Day

Responsible Tourism in Wikipedia

The International Centre for Responsible Tourism