What is Sustainable (Responsible) Tourism?
Simply put, Responsible Tourism is tourism ‘that creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit’.
The 2002 Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism in Destinations defines Responsible Tourism as follows:
Responsible Tourism is tourism which:
- minimises negative economic, environmental and social impacts
- generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhancesthe well being of host communities
- improves working conditions and accessto the industry
- involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances
- makes positive contributionsto 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 accessfor physically challenged people
- is culturally sensitive, encouragesrespect between tourists and hosts, and buildslocal pride and confidence”