What is Sustainable Tourism? Traveling has two sides, positive aspects but also negative impacts. That is where responsible tourism comes in.
Tourism contributes to and is at the same time affected by global changes such as climate change and resource reduction. Many tourists want an intact environment and authentic cultural experiences, because they have gone on the journey just because of their interest in nature and culture. At the same time their visit to the destination is likely to have a negative impact on the region as long as there are no set sustainability standards. The goal of destinations, communities and tour operator should therefore be to preserve nature and protect the culture. In general, Sustainable Tourism should be environmentally viable and fair for all people involved, while at the same time being economically viable. Important for sustainable tourism are:
– Mobility and transportation
– Preservation of nature and culture
– Working conditions
– Local added value
– Consumption of resources
Sustainable Tourism is also defined as “tourism that respects both, local people and the traveller, cultural heritage and the environment”. Like I said, traveling also has some bad sides, not only impacts on the places we love to visit, but also on the people who live in these places. For example: social dislocation, loss of cultural heritage, economic dependence and ecological degradation. Sustainable Travel’s aim is to preserve a place for future generations – for the locals and the visitors.