Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism

I accept and make my own the suggestions and indications of the 2002 "Cape Town Conference on responsible tourism in destinations" and I promote them.

Recognizing that Responsible Tourism develops in many ways, they can be summarized according to the following characteristics. The Responsible Tourism: • minimizes negative economic, environmental and social impacts; • generates greater economic benefits for the local population and improves the well-being of host communities, improves working conditions and access to 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 maintaining the diversity of the world; • offers 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 people with physical disabilities; • It is culturally sensitive, generates respect among tourists and guests and creates local pride and trust. I strongly support the "Guiding Principles for Responsible Tourism" which have been identified as:

Guiding principles for economic responsibility

Assist the economic impacts of tourism by preferring those forms of development that benefit local communities and minimize negative impacts on local livelihoods (e.g. through loss of access to resources). Maximize local economic benefits by increasing connections and reducing losses, ensuring that communities are involved and benefit from tourism. Develop quality products that reflect, complement and enhance the destination. Promote tourism in ways that reflect the natural, cultural and social integrity of the destination and that encourage appropriate forms of tourism. Adopt fair business practices, pay and charge fair prices. Provide adequate and sufficient support to small, medium and micro firms to ensure that tourism-related businesses thrive and are sustainable.

Guiding principles for social responsibility

Actively involve the local community in planning and decision-making and provide capacity building to make this a reality. Estimate social impacts throughout the life cycle of the operation, including the planning and design phases of projects, in order to minimize negative impacts and maximize positive ones. Strive to make tourism an inclusive social experience and ensure access for all, especially vulnerable and disadvantaged communities and individuals. Be sensitive to the host culture , maintaining and encouraging social and cultural diversity. Ensure that tourism contributes to improved health and education..

Guiding principles for environmental responsibility

Estimate environmental impacts throughout the life cycle of tourism facilities and operations - including the planning and design phase - and ensure that negative impacts are minimized and positive ones maximized. Use resources sustainably and reduce waste and overconsumption. Manage natural diversity in a sustainable way and, where necessary, restore it; consider the volume and type of tourism that the environment can support and respect the integrity of vulnerable ecosystems and protected areas. Promote education and awareness for sustainable development for all stakeholders. Increase the capacity of all stakeholders and ensure that best practices are followed, to this end consult with environmental and conservation experts.